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- Nov 6, 2009
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- Political Leaning
AFP: Australia to hold constitutional referendum on AboriginesMELBOURNE — Australia Monday announced a national referendum on recognising the country's Aborigines in the constitution, in a bid to improve conditions for the chronically disadvantaged community.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Australia had a "once in 50-year opportunity" with parliamentary support and widespread public backing, three years after former leader Kevin Rudd's historic apology to the native people.
I find this interesting, there is no doubt that the conditions of the indigenous population need to be improved.
Aboriginal men have a life expectancy 11.5 years shorter than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. Aboriginal women die 9.7 years sooner than non-Aboriginal women.
But I am sceptical as to how recognition on the constitution will help, it seems to me to be an empty gesture, perhaps to gain the votes of the indigenous population.
I found these quotes quite interesting.
So from that, it isn't likely to pass, but, aboriginals have a pretty good track record with referendums.Australia has not held a referendum since 1999, when a move to become a republic was rejected. In 44 referendums since 1901, only eight have passed.
The 1967 referendum elevating the status* of Aborigines is widely considered the country's most successful according to the government, with its 90.8 percent agreement the highest ever yes vote.
*By elevating the status, it means recognising them as human.