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26 July 2017 16:46 (South Africa)

Australia to hold referendum on acknowledging Aborigines

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gilliard said on Monday that Australia would hold a referendum within the next three years over whether to change its constitution to recognise Aborigines as the first Australians. "The first people of our nation have a unique and special place [in Australia]," she said. The last time a referendum concerning the status of Aborigines was held was in 1967, when Australians voted that they be counted as part of the population. Times have certainly changed since then, although Aborigines still experience disproportionately high rates of disease, imprisonment and unemployment compared with the general Australian population. Read more: AP, via The Guardian; Sapa-AFP, via Times Live

  • Andy Rice
    andy rice
    Andy Rice

    Andy Rice is a founding partner of Yellowwood Future Architects, a marketing strategy consultancy. In his other lives, he is the southern hemisphere's only supporter of Cambridge United Football Club, and was once upon a time the South African National Spoofing Champion. He has played football at Wembley and cricket at Lord's within the same weekend, but troubled the scorer on neither occasion. Things could only go up from here.

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