“Reports that Prime Minister Scott Morrison would veto a divisive indigenous-only ‘voice to parliament’ represents a win for the principle that all Australians are equal,” said Daniel Wild, Director of Research at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs.
“This position affirms the democratic values on which Australia was founded. The Australian Constitution should treat all Australian citizens as individuals, with equal rights and equal responsibilities.”
“This represents a repudiation of a divisive ideology based on race. Race has no place in the Australian Constitution.”
“If the government chooses to pursue any changes to the constitution it should remove the provisions that currently refer to race – section 25, and section 51 (xxvi),” said Mr Wild.
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