Australia’s Indigenous referendum infographic
Graphic shows facts about the Indigenous Australians.


Australia set to hold historic Indigenous referendum

By Jordi Bou

October 14, 2023 - Australians will decide whether to amend the constitution to formally recognise Indigenous peoples through the creation of a body that would advise parliament on policies that affect their lives.

If approved, the vote would recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the country's constitution, and establish a permanent body for them to give advice on laws.

The proposal is the subject of fierce debate in Australia.

For it to succeed, a majority of Australians need to vote yes. There also needs to be majority support in at least four of Australia's six states.

Indigenous peoples have inhabited the Australian continent for around 60,000 years. They comprise several hundred groups that have their own histories, traditions and languages.

Indigenous Australians face disproportionate levels of disadvantage across society – something Australia has long struggled to address.

PUBLISHED: 31/08/2023; STORY: Graphic News