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David Smith
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The invitation central to the Uluru Statement from the Heart is to finally unite all Australians constitutionally via the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution. I would like my voice to be heard in support of the Uluru Statement from the Heart:
• A referendum for a Voice to parliament, allowing our First Nations an independent voice on policy and legislation, enshrined in the Constitution, should be put to the Australian voters as soon as possible after the model for the Voice has been determined by the co-design process of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
• After a successful referendum enabling legislation should be enacted immediately.
• The Voice to the Federal Parliament and government must be representative of the diverse First Nations peoples and not be restricted to an arbitrarily low number of representatives that would compromise its legitimacy.
• A sense of urgency be given to this process as our First Nations people are the most incarcerated people in the world, proportionally. This situation is a source of national shame for Australia.



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