Opinion

Republic loss casts dark shadow over Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum

John Warhurst
By John Warhurst
August 3 2022 - 7:30pm
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese with Yolngu men during Garma Festival 2022. Picture: Getty Images

The proposed referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament is very different from the 1999 republic referendum, though there are some important similarities. Nevertheless, referendum history, especially the republic referendum defeat, frames the emerging debate and casts a shadow over its prospects of success.

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John Warhurst

John Warhurst

Canberra Times columnist

John Warhurst is an emeritus professor of political science at the Australian National University and a regular columnist for The Canberra Times.

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