A referendum to enshrine Indigenous recognition in the constitution will not be held in the first half of 2023, the prime minister says.
Anthony Albanese wants all Australians to have ownership over the referendum process and give time for a debate about what an Indigenous Voice would mean.
“It’s a pretty simple proposition here to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our constitution, to create a Voice, a body that will be consulted,” he told Sydney radio 2SM earlier today.
“It’s not a third chamber of parliament, it’s not a decision-making body, it’s simply a matter of good manners and respect by recognising people in the constitution and then consulting them on matters that directly affect them.”
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