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Reconciliation Australia welcomes today’s announcement to progress a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples in the Constitution.

The Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, has pledged to ‘bring forward a consensus option for constitutional recognition to be put to a referendum during the current parliamentary term’.

Reconciliation Australia CEO, Karen Mundine said the news is a step in the right direction.

‘Minister Wyatt has indicated that the government is serious about ensuring the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians are truly heard,’ Ms Mundine said.

‘We have been advocating for a process and timeframe for advancing the issues proposed in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, including an Indigenous voice to Parliament, so today’s news is a much welcomed step in our nation’s reconciliation journey,’ Ms Mundine continued.

‘Our Reconciliation Barometer shows an overwhelming majority of Australians back a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament, and a comprehensive process of truth telling.’

‘We note recent support for the Uluru Statement by our corporate Reconciliation Action Plan partners. This is a strong indication that the broader community is ready to embrace constitutional recognition.’

‘Reconciliation Australia also welcomes Minister Wyatt’s commitment to a co-design approach involving both sides of parliament, and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities, organisations and leaders.’

‘Creating a spirit of bipartisanship and by working with the Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Linda Burney, shows that constitutional recognition is neither partisan, nor owned by one side of politics.’

‘History shows us that bipartisan support is essential for a referendum to succeed,’ Ms Mundine concluded.

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