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Australia Pushes for Landmark Indigenous Referendum in 2023

Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney

Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney

Photographer: Martin Ollman/Getty Images

Australians could vote on changing the country’s constitution to set up a representative Indigenous body in parliament as early as August, Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney told the Sun-Herald newspaper.

The campaign is for a “voice to parliament,” which involves establishing a representative body to advise lawmakers on behalf of Indigenous Australians. The details remain unclear, but a Yes campaign is set to begin in late February. Enabling legislation could be drafted “sometime in March” before it is scrutinized by a parliamentary committee for six weeks, Burney told the Sun-Herald.