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First Nations

Albanese leaves door open to legislating for Voice

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has not ruled out legislating the Voice to Parliament if Australians vote to reject enshrining the body in the Constitution, prompting accusations from Opposition Leader Peter Dutton he was being tricky with the public. Source: SMH.

First Nations Politics

Voice can ‘evolve and adapt’ without set model

The Albanese Government’s decision to not put a set model to the public for the upcoming Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum will mean future governments can change the way the new body operates, legal experts say. Source: The Australian.

First Nations Opinion

Nastiness must stop in our debate over the Voice

The recent public debate about Indigenous recognition in the Constitution has gone pear-shaped, and with a mark of nastiness that is not only unbecoming but also unhelpful, writes Fr Frank Brennan SJ. Source: The Australian.

First Nations Social Justice

Commission calls for age of criminal responsibility to be raised to 14

Victoria’s Yoorrook Justice Commission has called for the age of criminal responsibility to be raised from 10 to at least 14, to help stop vulnerable Indigenous children getting “lost in the pipeline” of child protection and criminal justice systems. Source: The Age.

First Nations Politics

Detail on Voice to Parliament to be released before referendum: Burney

Further details about what an Indigenous Voice to Parliament would look like and how it would affect communities will be released before the referendum. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

First Nations

Dodson warns failure of Voice referendum will reflect badly on Australia

Aboriginal elder and Labor Senator Patrick Dodson says if the Voice to Parliament referendum fails, it will send a message across the world that Australia is stuck in its colonial past. Source: The Age.

First Nations

Report on revamped Closing the Gap ‘a story of mixed progress’

The Albanese Government has published details about how it is working with states, territories and First Nations organisations to reduce Aboriginal disadvantage in key areas. Source: The Australian.

First Nations

Reconciliation will be damaged if Voice fails: Burney

Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney says the path to reconciliation will be damaged if the Voice to Parliament referendum is rejected by the Australian people, but she remains confident it will succeed. Source: Sydney Morning Herald.

First Nations

Uluru Statement co-chairs want referendum ‘sooner rather than later’

Uluru Statement from the Heart co-chair Pat Anderson has urged the Albanese Government to not waste “momentum” for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, calling for a referendum on the constitutional change sooner rather than later. Source: The Guardian.