Indigenous people on the path to be officially recognised as the first Australians

Indigenous people on the path to be officially recognised as the first Australians

A historic act of parliament has been introduced in Canberra today, to recognise Indigenous people as the first Australians.

The ‘Act of Recognition Bill’ comes ahead of a national referendum on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders in the Constitution, which is no longer expected to be held before the next federal election.

Minister for Indigenous Affairs Jenny Macklin says the government is committed to the referendum, but not at the present time because they believe it won’t be successful.

The Bill will be debated in the new year and is expected to receive bi-partisan support.

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