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A legislated First Nations Voice will lack the credibility it needs

By James Blackwell
Updated September 12 2021 - 5:28am, first published July 21 2021 - 7:25pm
A First Nations Voice to Parliament is an opportunity to fundamentally reshape the dynamic between First Nations people and the Commonwealth. Picture: Shutterstock

I have written for this paper a number of times over the past year on the issue of a First Nations Voice, and the importance of allowing the issue to go to the Australian people via a referendum to place such a body within the constitution. Yet the more I write, and the more we hear from First Nations people and communities around the country about their desires for a referendum and the benefits an enshrined Voice will bring them, the more the government moves in the opposite direction.

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