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Woodford Folk Festival: Noel Pearson calls for Indigenous constitutional recognition in Australia - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

22.1.16

Woodford Folk Festival: Noel Pearson calls for Indigenous constitutional recognition in Australia - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): Mr Pearson was a member of an expert panel that recommended the constitution be altered to remove racist sections, but in September he told the ABC that position would not win enough voter support.

He told the Woodford audience that "it's not enough to get 51 per cent of Australians to out their hands up, you've actually got to get states like Western Australia, Tasmania and indeed our own state of Queensland".

"We can't just scrape in with 51 per cent, we've got to have a super majority," he said.

He said one of the major referendums that failed in Australia had 64 per cent in favour, but had failed because it had not had a majority of states in favour and called the current campaign "a tight window of constitutional opportunity".


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