Anthony Albanese has told a crowd his government is seeking a “momentous change” in implementing a historic referendum to create an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to parliament.
The Prime Minister is attending the Garma Festival in the Northern Territory to announce the major change to Australia’s constitution.
“It’s not a matter of special treatment, or preferential power. It’s about consulting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the decisions that affect you,” Mr Albanese said.
“This is simple courtesy, it is common decency.”
Mr Albanese on Friday revealed the sentences he would like to see written into the constitution, including:
- There shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
- The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice may make representations to Parliament and the Executive Government on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
- The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws with respect to the composition, functions, powers and procedures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.
Mr Albanese said the question could look something like: “Do you support an alteration to the Constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice”.
More to come.