6 Sep 2022

Aus Minister on referendum on Indigenous voice to parliament

From Midday Report, 12:44 pm on 6 September 2022

The Australian government's promised a referendum on enshrining an Indigenous voice to parliament by changing the constitution.

It's being met with criticism from all sides.

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe is calling it a waste of money, saying a referendum isn't required to have a treaty.

Others say Australia is not ready - given its horrendous history of how colonisers treated, and continue to negate the rights of, First Nations people.

Linda Burney is the first ever female first nations Minister for Indigenous Australians. She spoke to Māni Dunlop on Midday Report to talk about the upcoming referendum.