One of the recommendations from the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart calls for the establishment of a First Nations Voice to parliament, enshrined in the Constitution. This would ensure First Nations people are formally consulted on government decisions and legislation affecting their communities.
However, for a Voice to parliament to be enshrined in the Constitution, it would need to be passed at a referendum.
A recent survey found significant public support for a First Nations voice to parliament.
However, it seems Labor and the Coalition are clashing on what this might look like in practice.
We asked five experts to grade the major parties’ policies and past actions on pursuing a Voice to parliament.
WATCH: 5 Experts rates the Coalition government policies and past actions on pursuing a Voice to Parliament.
WATCH: 5 Experts rates Labor’s policies and past actions on pursuing a Voice to Parliament.
Dani Larkin, Lecturer/Deputy Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW Sydney; Eddie Synot, Lecturer, Griffith Law School, Griffith University; Emma Lee, Associate Professor, Indigenous Leadership, Swinburne University of Technology; James Blackwell, Research Fellow (Indigenous Diplomacy), Australian National University, and Sana Nakata, Associate Professor in Political Science, The University of Melbourne