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Submissions with substantially similar content – From the Heart
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Submissions with substantially similar content – From the Heart
141 submissions were received with the position listed on the From the Heart website, and using
substantially similar content as the basis for the submission.
The From the Heart website provided an outline of their key position, guidelines to make a submission,
and a direct link to provide a submission. The organisation also provided postage paid postcards. The
content of these submissions is below. Note, where submissions drew on these points but included
additional or different content, they have been published separately.
For those that contained substantially similar content, there were 41 people who requested their
submission be provided anonymously, and there were 60 From the Heart postcards received. The 40
people that requested their name be published with their submission are indicated in the table below.

Key points:
1. The government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once the model for the Voice has been
2. Enabling legislation for the Voice must be passed after a referendum has been held in the next term of Parliament;
3. The membership model for the National Voice must ensure previously unheard Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
people have the same chance of being selected as established leadership figures.

Additional points:
1. Response to Interim Co-Design Proposals

• 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.
2. 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.
• For the avoidance of doubt, the National Voice must not be legislated or otherwise implemented before a
referendum is held.
3. Two-stage process to establish the Voice:
• There should be a separate structured process to consider the constitutional, legislative and executive options to
enact the National Voice following the completion of the Voice Co-Design Final Report. This process will result in:
• An exposure draft bill for the Voice as per the final Co-Design report to give the Australian public a comprehensive
look at the details of the Voice before a referendum is held;
• A draft constitutional amendment for a new provision for a Voice that will then be put to the Australian people for a
vote in a referendum; and
• A pathway to a referendum in the next term of Parliament.

Table: The following people presented submissions with substantially similar content to the From the
Heart key points and requested that their submissions be published with their names:
Alexandra Day Fiona Sim Maggie Jones
Alison Jones Frances D'Ambra Martin Munz
Alison Whiting Gerrit Walters Michael Rolik
Aruna Manandhar Glen Williams Nancy Oosterhoff
Barvara Hush Graeme Batterbury Nathan Zhao
Belle Leard Helen Nugent Pauline Bleach
Brian Fogarty Jaclyn Masters Peter Reid
Brooke Penny Jenny Rae Peter Vail
Cambridge University Press Australia Joanna Boundy Rowena Skinner
Carol Holden John L Hayes Sheila
Claire Foley Jonathan Atkin Sue Martin
Donald Green Kate Lamb Trevor R Parmenter AM
Edwina MacDonald Kay McPadden
Erik W. Aslaksen Laura McKay

Postcard front and back.