Second Reading Speeches

Constitution Alteration (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice) 2023

Originating house
House of Representatives
Passed Both Houses
Parliament no

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Proposes an alteration to the Constitution to recognise First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to make representations to the Parliament and the Executive Government of the Commonwealth on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. [

The bill was passed by an absolute majority of each House of the Parliament thereby enabling the proposal to be submitted to the electors for approval in a referendum - see section 128 of the Constitution.

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country throughout Australia and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, waters and community. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.

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