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Would Australians vote for an Indigenous Voice in the Constitution, or just approve the parliament simply legislating a Voice?
Australians may support one, both, or neither.
Women march with placards calling for peace and their rights on the streets of South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in 2018.
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Trust and confidence-building are vital in divided nations where various and often antagonist constituencies are brought together.
Many high school students are politically engaged. But how would they change the preamble to the Constitution?
At a recent constitutional convention, high school students from across the country designed a new preamble to the Constitution to bring it into line with their idea of how Australia should be.
Gabonese President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, wants to be president for life.
Gabon’s Ali Bongo Ondimba has watched over constitutional changes that have given him far reaching powers.
Bob Hawke recently renewed calls for Australia to axe state governments.
Leaving aside party-politics, there are good reasons why Australia should consider changing its Constitution to abolish state governments.
Joe Hockey has made no secret of his republican leanings, yet his right to seek to revive debate on the issue has been questioned.
It has significant public support across party lines, but politicians who advocate Australia becoming a republic are likely to have their priorities and even their right to do so questioned.
Members of the National Reform Council pose for photographs after voting to reject a draft constitution – a decision that will put elections on hold until 2017.
The rejection of the draft constitution is not necessarily a setback for Thailand’s military junta. It may even have been a ploy to extend its rule well past the promised date for elections.
The federation’s problems have outlasted the leaders who sought transformative reforms a decade ago; their successors must be wholly committed and follow democratic principles if they are to do any better.
The federalism discussion paper is out and the prime minister has called a leaders’ ‘retreat’ to consider it. They should build on the Constitution’s democratic principles to make the federation work better.
Even with bipartisan support, a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition is no certainty to succeed.
A defeat for Indigenous constitutional recognition would be disastrous and demoralising. But history tells us that even worthy proposals with bipartisan support are not assured of success.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shows little sign of listening to growing public opposition to his military junta’s authoritarian rule.
A year ago, a military coup toppled Thailand’s elected government. The junta promised elections once a new constitution is adopted, but its authoritarian rule betrays a hostility to real democracy.
Giving constitutional status to an Indigenous advisory body would give Indigenous Australians a say about laws that directly affect them.
Proposals for constitutional recognition of Indigenous people are gaining momentum but also raising legal concerns. Here is a form of words to create an advisory council that overcomes those concerns.
Please don’t abolish us.
If they get the Lords reform they’re asking for, the Liberal Democrats might have to kiss goodbye to political influence entirely.
Lord Smith of Kelvin, a man in a hurry
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