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Federal government unveils 'co-design' path for Indigenous voice to parliament

Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt

The federal government has taken the first steps in establishing an Indigenous voice to parliament, unveiling a new co-design process.

Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt says the model will allow First Nations people to be heard at all levels of government, but has ruled out enshrining the voice in the Constitution.

Announcing a 12-month plan to consult Indigenous communities around the country, the Minister has recruited professors Marcia Langton and Tom Calma to lead a new team that will aim to ensure all voices are heard, at all levels of government.

The Coalition has already ruled out enshrining a voice in the Constitution, which was the original proposal of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says the Statement from the Heart needs to be respected. 

Labor's Indigenous Australians spokeswoman Linda Burney will also be consulted through the process.

The Government’s decision to legislate the Voice, and not enshrine it in the Constitution, has already been flatly rejected by some in the community.

 

 

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