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In the lead-up to the Voice to parliament referendum, we’re seeing constitutional change is possible. If the Voice is successful, Australia could next consider separating us from the monarchy.
Imagine the impression sent abroad if voters defeated a proposal for an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander body to advise the federal parliament and government
In a simply worded question, Australians will be asked to approve altering the Constitution “to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice”.
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Here’s what the question says, what’s new and what happens next.
The current draft wording is the model most consistent with Australia’s current and historical constitutional practice.
Comparisons of national polls over an eight-month period show support falling only among Coalition voters. This may not be fatal to the referendum’s chances, but it is serious.
The government will introduce the legislation for the referendum, with the wording of the question, before the end of March. This will be followed by a parliamentary inquiry lasting at least six weeks.
This constitutional reform process may be ‘unorthodox’, but it’s entirely appropriate.
Former deputy NT chief minister Marion Scrygmour has laid blame on the NT government for not acting after the federal alcohol bans expired mid-last year.
Nationals leader David Littleproud said the party didn’t believe the Voice would “genuinely close the gap”
Demonstrators protest in Tunisia’s capital Tunis in 2021 against President Kais Saied’s steps to tighten his grip on power.
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Tunisia’s democratic backslide demonstrates how autocrats can use constitutional cover to entrench authoritarianism.
Some Australians have dismissed a Voice to Parliament as inconsequential. That argument is mistaken.
A woman votes in the controversial referendum in Donetsk, Ukraine on Sept. 27, 2022.
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While some parts of eastern Ukraine have been under partial Russian control since 2014, other sections continue to fight back. Most residents overall have said they don’t want to be part of Russia.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison listens to senior advisor Pat Turner speak of the design of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
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Last month, the government published the Indigenous Voice co-design final report. However, ways to ensure First Nations self-determination remain lacking in the strategy.
Australian Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt speaks during House of Representatives Question Time at Parliament House.
A public consultation process sought feedback on design options for the Indigenous Voice to parliament. Our analysis shows the findings of these sessions.
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