Dear Committee Members,
The Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA) is an initiative of postgraduate students that aims to share knowledge, experience, and support amongst student and early-career anthropologists.
We believe the Uluru Statement from the Heart is important as it is an Indigenous designed and led initiative, which clearly states what meaningful constitutional recognition means to First Nations peoples.
ANSA supports the recommendations made by the From the Heart campaign in response to the Interim Report to the Australian Government: Indigenous Voice CoDesign Process. These include:
- The Government must honour its election commitment to a referendum once a model for the Voice has been settled to ensure that a First Nations Voice to Parliament is protected by the Constitution;
- Enabling legislation for the Voice must be passed after a referendum has been held in the next term of Parliament; and
- 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.
We believe the National Voice should be representative of the diverse populations and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We think it is important to enshrine the Voice to Parliament in the Constitution to guarantee stability and certainty, rather than include it only in legislation.
Australians and the Australian diaspora should sit down and listen to the message of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and each one of us find in our own heart, respect for our country’s first peoples, their ancestors and future generations. And when we have listened, stand up beside them and walk with them across the land, allowing with each step their voice to become louder and their presence become stronger, leading us all to a better place.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide our submission. Yours sincerely
Tyler Riordan – Chairperson
Sarah Haggar – Secretary
Carolyn West –Media Officer
Liz Hydesmith – Committee Member
Traci Sudana – Committee Member