26 January 2021
Submission re The Voice
Since May 2017, when the Uluru Statement from the Heart was created and
gifted to the Australian people, there has been a steady groundswell of
support for the Statement’s three key requests: Voice. Treaty. Truth.
After nearly 240 years of dispossession (sovereignty was never ceded), and
more than half a century after the historic 1967 referendum, it’s time for the
voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be really heard.
That can only take place with respect and deep listening (Dadirri). I believe
the best way for this to happen is if the listening consultative mechanism is
embedded in our constitution as a fundamental principle.
It is time for a fair go, for practical change built on real principle, for the
Australian people to feel united in mutual respect and to believe we are all
included in our nation’s journey going forward.
Now is the time to seize this opportunity to make history of which we can all