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Divisions in Australia over Plan for Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Australia plans to hold a referendum to legally enshrine indigenous voices in politics. Campaigners argue it will help address deep-seated inequality, but not everyone is convinced.

Australia’s recently-elected Labor government wants to change the constitution to recognize First Nations people. It also plans to mandate consultation with them on decisions that affect their lives by adding a so-called Indigenous Voice to parliament.

The Australian constitution can only be altered by referendum, or a national popular vote.

Labor has enlisted high-profile international support for its proposed reforms to help indigenous people.

Former U.S. basketball star Shaquille O’Neal, known for his social justice campaigning in the United States, was in Canberra last weekend, and has agreed to appear in videos promoting Labor’s plan.

No date for the referendum has been…

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