The Indigenous Voice to parliament referendum: Three Indigenous leaders share their thoughts.
It has been announced that a referendum is in the works to enact an Indigenous Voice to parliament.
And over the weekend, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese detailed the proposed question Aussies would be asked to vote on.
The question that could be put to Australians is: “Do you support an alteration to the constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?”
The current constitution does not even mention Indigenous Australians. Support for enacting the Indigenous Voice to parliament is currently strong (65 per cent say they would vote ‘yes’ according to an Australia Institute survey).
Albanese said details about the Voice, such as its function and how it operated, would be worked out following consultation. He said it would only act as an advisory body and not as a third chamber of parliament.
The fundamental aim of the Voice is to make Aboriginal communities safer and close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. While a timeline for the referendum has not been finalised, Labor reportedly prefers holding the vote next year.
A Voice to parliament would bring both practical and symbolic outcomes, Indigenous Australians minister Linda Burney said.
Burney noted there was an “overwhelming” sense of excitement in the Indigenous community for the Voice. While Burney said the process to enshrine a Voice in the constitution would not be rushed, now was the time to act.
“A Voice to parliament is about both symbolism and practical outcomes – practical outcomes like education, housing and family violence,” Burney told parliament.
“A Voice to the parliament means that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders will be consulted and heard on policies that affect them, practical outcomes that will make a real difference to people’s lives.”
Burney said previous work about the Voice by Aboriginal leaders would not be jettisoned and would be part of the government’s consideration.
First Nations Country Liberal Party senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has branded the bill “virtue signalling” and called for more practical action. “This bill is an unnecessary distraction from the important work that needs to be done that we as a coalition have invested heavily in,” she said.
As for Greens First Nations spokeswoman Lidia Thorpe, she welcomed the referendum and wanted all elements of the Uluru Statement to be enacted.
However, she called on the government to implement a treaty with Indigenous people and to follow through on all recommendations from the royal commission into deaths in custody.
“Our priority should be black justice in this country, our priority should be about saving lives today, not waiting for a referendum,” she told ABC radio.
Malka Leifer’s trial date pushed back.
The trial of former Melbourne principal Malka Leifer has been delayed.
The 55-year-old is accused of sexual offences that allegedly happened while she was the principal of the Adass Israel School in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is due to stand trial in the County Court.
The planned five-week trial before Judge Mark Gamble was expected to start on Wednesday but has instead been postponed to August 22. Pre-trial arguments before Judge Gamble continue.
If this has raised any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service.
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Aussie swimmer Emma McKeon makes history, and all the news you need to know this morning.
Welcome to your live news feed for Monday August 1.
It's the start of a new week (and a new month) so let's jump right in and get you up to speed with biggest news stories you need to know this morning.
1. Emma McKeon wins most gold medals in Commonwealth Games.
Australian swimming icon Emma McKeon has become the most successful athlete in Commonwealth Games history.
McKeon won her 11th Commonwealth gold medal in the women’s 50m freestyle on Sunday night, eclipsing fellow swimmers Susie O'Neill, Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones with 10 career Commonwealth golds.
"There's so many great athletes before me that kind of lit the fire in me when I was a young girl watching them on TV," McKeon told Sunrise.
"When I was watching the swimming that's what I was seeing. I was seeing these great achievements, I was seeing so much emotion from them behind it, showing how much work they had put into it. That's really what lit the fire in me and got me to where I am now."
Swimming superstar Emma McKeon has etched her name into the history books after winning her 11th Commonwealth Games gold medal.— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) July 31, 2022
There was also a gold rush for our Aussie cyclists during a dramatic day at the velodrome that saw an English rider fly into the crowd. pic.twitter.com/kqaKSUL81U
McKeon's feat came after Australian para-swimmer Katja Dedekind set a world record in winning the women's 50m freestyle S13 gold medal on Saturday night. Australia also broke the world record in the women's 4x200m freestyle relay on Sunday.
Australia is currently topping the medal charts at Birmingham, after winning 52 medals, including 22 gold.
2. PM reveals question to enshrine Indigenous Voice.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced the proposed referendum question to enshrine an Indigenous Voice to parliament at the Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land.
The question that could be put to Australians is: "Do you support an alteration to the constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?"
The details of the Voice, its function and how it operates will then be worked out following consultation, Albanese says.
Today at the Garma Festival I am outlining how the Government will bring our commitment to the Uluru Statement from the Heart to life. pic.twitter.com/1sUi7AnjY7— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) July 30, 2022
"One of the things I'm trying to avoid - as occurred at the end of the last century when a referendum wasn't successful - is people looking for all of the detail and saying well, if you disagree... with one out of the 50 (clauses) but 49 are OK, vote no," he told the ABC's Insiders program yesterday.
"We're not doing that. We're appealing to the goodwill of the Australian people... That's why I am optimistic that Australians will embrace this simple concept that where issues affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, they're consulted."
Albanese recommended adding three sentences to the constitution: A body to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice; the Voice may make representations to parliament and the executive government on Indigenous matters; and the parliament shall have the power to make laws on the Voice's composition, functions, powers and procedures.
3. Sydney, Melbourne lead house price plunge.
Five capital cities have experienced a decline in housing values in July, as prices drop at their fastest pace since the global financial crisis.
Dwelling values fell 1.3 per cent nationally in July, marking the third consecutive monthly drop, according to CoreLogic Data.
Sydney experienced the biggest monthly drop in prices with a 2.2 per cent decline.
Sydney house prices tipped for sharpest fall in 40 years https://t.co/ej0iILmRMk— christopher joye (@cjoye) July 31, 2022
Prices fell 1.5 per cent in Melbourne and Hobart, 1.1 per cent in Canberra and 0.8 per cent in Brisbane, marking the first time the Queensland capital has gone into the red in two years. Perth, Adelaide and Darwin bucked the trend, recording monthly growth rates of between 0.2 and 0.5 per cent.
CoreLogic research director Tim Lawless said the rate of decline in property prices was comparable to that at the start of the global financial crisis in 2008, while Sydney was seeing the sharpest drop in prices in nearly 40 years.
He also said house price growth was already slowing before recent interest rate rises, but markets had weakened sharply since the first rate hike in May.
"Due to record high levels of debt, indebted households are more sensitive to higher interest rates, as well as the additional downside impact from very high inflation on balance sheets and sentiment."
Economists expect the Reserve Bank of Australia to lift interest rates by 50 basis points to 1.85 per cent this month after annual inflation came in at 6.1 per cent in the June quarter, the fastest yearly increase in more than 20 years.
4. Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again.
US President Joe Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 again in what the White House doctor described as a "rebound" case, seen in a small percentage of patients who take a type of antiviral drug.
Biden, 79, who emerged from COVID-19 isolation on Wednesday after testing positive on July 21, will return to strict isolation and cancel planned trips to his home in Wilmington and a work trip in Michigan, the White House said.
Biden tweeted about his positive case, saying it can happen to a "small minority of folks." He later posted a video on Twitter where he said he was "feeling fine" and "everything's good".
Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again.— President Biden (@POTUS) July 30, 2022
This happens with a small minority of folks.
I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me.
I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.
Biden's positive test is believed to be a "rebound" experienced by some COVID-19 patients who take the anti-viral drug Paxlovid, according to White House physician Kevin O'Connor.
The forced isolation came as the White House was hoping to celebrate some recent legislative victories to help boost Biden's slumping poll ratings.
5. Princess Charlotte appears in a rare video with Prince William.
Princess Charlotte has made a rare video appearance with her father Prince William to wish England's football team good luck in the Euro 2022 women's final.
In the video, shared by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Instagram, William says the pair "both want to wish the Lionesses the best of luck for tonight".
"You've done amazingly well in the competition and we're rooting for you all the way," he continues.
Seven-year-old Charlotte then chimes in, adding "Good luck, I hope you win. Bye!"
The team have since made history, winning their first major women's tournament by beating Germany 2-1.
And that's it, you're all up to speed. We'll be back to bring you more of the top stories throughout the day.
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