Australië op punt een historisch referendum over inheemse bevolking te houden
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.
- Voice referendum: Australia to hold historic Indigenous vote in October (BBC)
- Explainer: What is Australia's Indigenous 'Voice to Parliament' referendum? (Reuters)
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: Census (Australian Government)
- Face the facts: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Australian Human Rights Commission)