A constitutionally enshrined Indigenous voice is necessary for both Australian democracy and Australian civic unity. It is vital that once the model for an Indigenous voice has been cemented, the Australian government keeps to its promise and holds a referendum. The Voice must be legislated in the next term of Parliament if the referendum succeeds. To do otherwise would be to further strain the relationship between Blak Australia and White Australia, and further erode Australia's faith in the democratic process. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people deserve a democratic voice. Therefore, the membership process for the National Voice must give equal opportunity to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including those of differing backgrounds, levels of recognition, gender identities, sexualities, neurotypes, and physical abilities. By creating a diverse and democratic space within the Voice, you will foster diversity and democracy in all of Australia.
Submissions: Your Feedback
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We acknowledge the Traditional Owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the Elders past, present and emerging.