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Pat Dodson has tabled the joint parliamentary committee on constitutional recognition’s report in the Senate.

The four recommendations are:

  1. The Australian government should “co-design” the Voice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, within the term of the next parliament
  2. The government should then consider “legislative, executive and constitutional options” to establish the Voice
  3. That the government support the process of truth-telling
  4. The establishment in Canberra of a national resting place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remains which could be a place of commemoration, healing and reflection.

Dodson, the co-chair of the committee, told the Senate that he and Liberal co-chair Julian Leeser had to do “quite a bit of political shoe shuffling” to achieve common ground, but still he notes “two members had different views of the way forward”.

In a minority report, the Greens’ Rachel Siewert said the Voice “must be enshrined in Australia’s constitution” with a referendum “as soon as first nations peoples are ready” to do so. The Greens want a referendum first and detail to be determined “after the referendum”.

In additional comments, Liberal Amanda Stoker agreed with the majority recommendations but backed the establishment of regional entities rather than a national Voice, according to Dodson.

Dodson said that Labor will be guided by the report and “remains committed to all elements arising from the [Uluru] statement of the heart” – including Voice, constitutional entrenchment, and truth-telling. “These are all high order issues for Labor.”

Dodson said the order of whether to legislate or have a referendum first was a matter of “political judgment”.

He said Labor is also keen to have a conversation on the republic and a plebiscite – but it has “committed to a constitutional recognition for an Indigenous Voice as a clear focus”.

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