Proposals for the Voice/s – NSWALC Principles
The Commonwealth Government has released draft proposals for a National Voice and Regional Voices.
The proposals are significant. Have your say by 31 March 2021 or by attending a consultation.
NSWALC supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart which includes calls for:
The current draft Voice proposals have positive aspects, but further work is needed to meet the Uluru Statement from the Heart and guarantee the rights and interests we have secured to date.
It will be important that any Voice proposals:
Initial suggestions for further discussion
In partnership with us, our Aboriginal community-controlled partners, and Aboriginal communities, we suggest that:
- Voice arrangements and structures are further considered to ensure they genuinely complement and advance existing Aboriginal community-controlled bodies, including Aboriginal Land Councils;
- Proposed advisory functions and scope of these functions are further considered. Advisory functions are significantly less than the necessary shared decision-making arrangements;
- Further transparent work is undertaken to clarify and ensure that the roles of existing bodies, including Aboriginal community controlled organisations and Aboriginal Land Councils, are strengthened.