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If not now, when?

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This has been quite a momentous time in our nation's history.
Our PM Anthony Albanese has revealed the wording of his
government's historic Indigenous Voice to Parliament
Referendum:

http://news.com.au/national/politics/anthony-albanese-to-outline-governments-historic-indigenous-voice-to-parliament-referendum/news-story/068ba3877093df527410047d13202203

I watched "Insiders" this morning and heard the PM answer
questions about the Voice. I also listened to the panel.
It seems that this Referendum has a good chance of being
supported. But I guess we shall have to wait if the numbers
of support will be enough to get it passed.

It would be interesting to hear your views.
Posted by Foxy, Sunday, 31 July 2022 1:27:24 PM
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If not now, when?

Never.
Posted by mhaze, Sunday, 31 July 2022 2:58:30 PM
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Julian Leeser, the Coalition spokesman for Indigenous
Australians has said that the Coalition supports the
Voice to Parliament plan as laid out by the PM. He said
it was now up to the government to explain to the people
how a Voice to Parliament would operate.

Leeser said he supported the move to enshrine a Voice in the
Constitution but wanted to see detail of the question, the
proposed reforms and said that if a Referendum were to
succeed it would depend on whether the government could
adequately explain to the Australian people what the Voice
would look like.

I agree with this. Change can only happen if the electorate
is well informed. Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney
said there would be plenty more detail. "It would be Nuts
for that not to happen!"

What still needs to be worked out - the PM wants to add
to the Constitution that Parliament would have the power
to decide the functions, composition and powers to the
Voice. The Voice would not be a 3rd chamber of Parliament.

The Voice would not supersede Parliament.

The question asked would be simple and straight:

"Do you support an alteration to the Constitution that
establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?"

That's it.

As the PM explained to David Speers on the "Insiders,"
"This isn't a body that is on top of parliament. It's
not even at the side of the parliament. It doesn't seek
to usurp the power of the parliament."

"What it seeks to do is break with what I call the tyranny
of powerlessness that First Nations People have suffered from
(more than) 121 years of the Commonwealth making decisions in
Canberra without having respect and without having consultation
with First Nations People themselves."

The ABC's VoteCompass survey showed that 73% of Australians
support a Voice. This number has risen since 2019.
Hopefully it will continue to rise.
Posted by Foxy, Sunday, 31 July 2022 4:12:40 PM
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There's more at the following link:

http://abc.net.au/news/2022-07-31/what-is-an-indigenous-voice-to-parliament-and-uluru-statement/101285958
Posted by Foxy, Sunday, 31 July 2022 4:17:25 PM
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When that gets through which I hope it does, the guilt industry will need to find other excuses to keep the pseudo-Aborigines' snouts in the trough.
Another way would be long overdue DNA testing which would get the overwhelming support of the real Aborigines.
My guess is they're already feverishly drawing up new stories !
Posted by Indyvidual, Sunday, 31 July 2022 5:06:54 PM
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" It has been over 14 years since then Prime Minister John
Howard promised Indigenous recognition in the Constitution
and almost 5 years since First Nations explained what they
want that to look like in the Uluru Statement."

"Since then, understanding and awareness about the Voice to
Parliament has grown. A Voice to Parliament is workable,
will promote equality and can win a referendum. It is time for
the government to put the question to the people."

http://theconversation.com/non-indigenous-australians-shouldnt-fear-a-first-nations-voice-to-parliament-176675
Posted by Foxy, Sunday, 31 July 2022 11:19:56 PM
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