Australia rejected a proposal to modify the 1901 Constitution, which had the objective of creating an advisory body that would give indigenous people a voice before the Legislature and the Executive in matters that concern them.
Los Australians they refuse to give to the aborigines a direct voice in the legislative and executive branches of government on issues that affect them.
In a referendum held on Saturday, they rejected a proposal to amend the Constitution of 1901 to create a Special Aboriginal Advisory Council. With more than 75% of the votes counted, the “no” won with 60%.
The indigenous recognition proposal was an electoral promise of the current prime minister. After acknowledging his defeat, Anthony Albanese declared that it had been “a difficult night” for many indigenous Australians.
“Although tonight’s result is not what I expected, I absolutely respect the decision of the Australian people and the democratic process that made it,” said the president at a press conference in the Parliament of Canberra, his voice breaking. occasions.
Polls before the vote had already pointed to opposition to the proposal, with concerns expressed about its possible impact on society and doubts about how the body would operate.
“Be proud of the 65,000 years of history and culture of which you are a part, and of the place that belongs to you in this country. We will continue forward, we will advance and we will prosper,” she stressed, overcome by emotion, Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney.
Indigenous people represent 3.8% of Australia’s more than 26 million inhabitants.