Referendum Council


The Referendum Council was jointly appointed by the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten on 7 December 2015 to advise the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition on progress and next steps towards a successful referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.

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17 Jul 2017

The consensus view of the Referendum Council is that the recommendations in this report for constitutional and extra-constitutional recognition are modest, reasonable, unifying and capable of attracting the necessary support of the Australian people.


26 May 2017

This statement, following the Uluru constitutional convention, calls for establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution and establishment of a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations people.

Discussion paper

15 Oct 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were not given a voice in the convention debates of the 1890s, which led to the drafting of the Constitution in 1901, and few were able to vote for it. This Discussion Paper sets out some of the different...

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