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The time for Indigenous recognition is long overdue

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A new step forward for Indigenous Australians.Credit:Ben Plant

It has been two years since the publication of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, in which a council of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders made a significant proposal for recognition of their community’s “rightful place” in modern Australia.

They called for a change to the constitution to create a new body of Indigenous representatives, a “Voice”, to advise parliament on matters affecting their community.

This is not however just about Indigenous people. As the Uluru statement put it, if the Voice becomes a reality it could become a "fuller expression of Australian nationhood”.

Unfortunately, then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull decided that the proposals in the statement were neither desirable nor capable of winning approval at a referendum. Since then the idea has languished.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a huge opportunity. He has so far indicated a........

© The Sydney Morning Herald