Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians from all walks of life are supporting and accepting that Australia needs to move to a better future together.
The government must honour its election commitment to a National Voice and to a referendum once the model for the Voice has been settled.
This submission proposes that
The National Voice must be representative of the diverse populations and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:
The National Voice must speak to the Commonwealth Parliament and Government on policy and legislation.
The National Voice must not be a ‘third chamber’ of Parliament.
The National Voice must not deliver programs or services.
The National Voice must act and operate independently from the Parliament and Government.
The National Voice must be enshrined in the Constitution
enabling legislation for the Voice must be passed after a referendum has been held in the next term of Parliament.
and to avoid any doubt, the National Voice must not be legislated or otherwise implemented before a referendum is held.