MAKE A
SUBMISSION

THE GOVERNMENT IS RUNNING A CO-DESIGN PROCESS TO DECIDE WHAT A VOICE TO PARLIAMENT WILL LOOK LIKE.

WE NEED YOUR HELP RIGHT NOW!

YOUR SUBMISSION WILL SHOW THAT A VOICE ENSHRINED IN THE CONSTITUTION IS...

A FAIR GO

A PRACTICAL CHANGE

SUPPORTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE

A UNIFYING OPPORTUNITY

From the Heart is guided by the Uluru Statement from the Heart which calls for a Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution. This Co-Design Process is a significant opportunity to press our case for an enshrined Voice – we must act now!
We are calling on all who are inspired by the Uluru Statement to make a submission in support of our key positions below. Submissions must be made by 31 March 2021. Your submission will be most effective if you:

  • Support our three key positions below
  • Use your own words to make your submission – personalised submissions have much more impact than cutting and pasting our words
  • In the spirit of co-design, try to make your points as constructively as possible – our goal is to achieve the best possible outcome through this process
  • Focus on the Voice – we know there is significant support for other issues, however, at this point, we must focus our efforts on the Voice

Your submission does not have to be a long-winded document – it can be as short as three sentences. The most important thing is that your voice is heard!

OUR KEY
SUBMISSION POINTS:

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    The government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled;

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    Enabling legislation for the Voice must be passed after a referendum has been held in the next term of Parliament; and
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    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.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR
OWN SUBMISSION

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    Read From the Heart’s Submission and Summary document as background material for writing your own submission.

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    Draft your own submission to the Co-Design Interim Report. Remember a Voice enshrined in the Constitution is a fair and practical change!
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    Visit the Co-Design Submission Portal at haveyoursay.voice.niaa.gov.au/submissions
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    Fill out your contact details and choose how you wish to have your submission published.
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    Upload your submission either in the ‘Main Submission’ section or copy and paste your submission into the portal.
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    Please pass on this information and site to your local communities and networks once you have made a submission! The more people that make submissions, the greater chance of change!

WHY MUST A VOICE
BE ENSHRINED IN
THE CONSTITUTION?

A Voice to Parliament should be enshrined in the Australian Constitution because it is a fair and practical reform that will have a real impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The challenges facing many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are intergenerational. It is right that there is a Voice that can withstand the changes of short-term electoral cycles and changes in policy. Previous voices have been vulnerable to abolition by governments, but the challenges remain. Constitutional backing for a Voice gives it the certainty and continuity needed to make real, long-term change in communities. 

Finally, a successful referendum to enshrine a Voice will be a historic and unifying moment for our nation. 

Week of Action Resources

Get involved on social media during the Week of Action!

From the Heart is a campaign to drive public support for the Uluru Statement from the Heart and its call for a Voice to Parliament that is enabled by the Constitution.

A Week of Action (WoA) will be held 25-31 January to coincide with the release of the government’s Voice Co-Design Report for public consultation on 9 January. The consultation process ends on 31 March 2021, with the final report to follow. It is not a long consultation window so there is a very specific and limited opportunity.

The WoA is a call to take a simple daily action over seven days to drive awareness and support for our submission and make our voices heard!

Use the toolkit below to participate in From the Heart’s #WoA activities and help spread the word about a Voice to Parliament.

We also have a digital canvas for people to easily sign. We know not everyone has the time to make a submission (they won’t need to be long-winded documents – they can be as little a few key points).

The digital canvas gives people the opportunity to ‘sign their support’ for the Uluru Statement, in a similar way to how the original Uluru Statement was signed. This is our way of showing high numbers of supporters. Ideally, we would like people to do both – sign the digital canvas and make a submission as the digital canvas is not connected to the government’s consultation process.

Week of Action Schedule

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Social Media Tiles

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Week of Action Summary and Schedule

Submission Guideline

Media Release for Supporting Organisations

Draft Email for Supporters