Speaking at an Aboriginal festival in Arnhem Land, home to a majority of Aboriginal people, the centre-left leader presented a draft referendum question to the Australian public:
Do you support a constitutional amendment to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people a voice?
The Australian Constitution does not formally recognize the country’s indigenous peoples. Mr. Albanese’s proposal
A voiceThat is, a national referendum is required for an advisory body to advise the government on decisions affecting these marginalized groups.
Mr Albanese – who was elected in May – had promised a referendum before the end of his mandate in 2025.
He also pledged his support on Saturday
A statement from the heartIt calls for enhanced rights and constitutional recognition of the country’s indigenous peoples.
For Anthony Albanese, the announcement is purposeful
Consult people [autochtones] And decisions affecting Torres Strait Islanders, nothing more, nothing less.
It’s simple respect. This is common moralityhe added.
” She recognizes the failure of centuries […] To ask the most basic human question: How would I feel if this happened to me? »
Australia has long struggled to close the growing gap between members of its Indigenous population and the rest of the population when it comes to health and well-being.
These minorities have rising rates of incarceration and life expectancy eight years below the national average.
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