What is the Indigenous voice to parliament and how would it work?

The Albanese government has put forward a preferred form of words to insert into the constitution to enshrine an Indigenous voice to parliament, which would be voted on in a referendum.

Here’s what we know so far.

What has happened already?

The Albanese government has put forward a simple question for us all to vote on.

“We should consider asking our fellow Australians something as simple as: ‘Do you support an alteration to the constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice?’” Anthony Albanese said in July during a landmark speech at the Garma festival in Arnhem Land.

He also suggested three sentences be added to the constitution:

There shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice.

It may make representations to parliament and the executive government on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The parliament shall, subject to this constitution, have power to make laws with respect…

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This article was written by Lorena Allam Indigenous affairs editor and originally published on www.theguardian.com