Isn’t there already a voice?

The Australian Labor Government is holding a referendum on setting up a “Voice to Parliament” for indigenous Australians, who make up 3.2% of The Australian population.

You might assume that this is because there are no, or very few indigenous Australians elected to the Federal Parliament.

In fact there are 11 indigenous Australians in the Federal Parliament, making up almost 5% of parliamentarians – so over-represented compared to their share of the population.

For the referendum to be successful it needs a double majority – over 50% of those voting nationally, and over 50% in at least four states.


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