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Australian PM Reveals Plans for Landmark Indigenous Referendum

  • Albanese unveils draft pitch for vote to change constitution
  • Reports of growing push back among opposition lawmakers
Anthony Albanese

Anthony Albanese

Photographer: Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg
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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese unveiled plans for a referendum on changing the Australian constitution to set up a representative Indigenous body in parliament, moving a step closer to fulfilling a major part of his policy agenda. 

In a speech to the Garma Festival of Traditional Culture in Australia’s Northern Territory on Saturday, Albanese proposed to ask Australians in a national vote: “Do you support an alteration to the Constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?”