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In a significant decision, Australians voted against changing their constitution to establish a formal body to advise on laws related to Indigenous people. The referendum, known as the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum, aimed to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution and establish a body for them to provide advice to the government on matters affecting their communities.

The “No” vote won, disappointing many, including Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. The “Yes” campaign argued that the change was crucial to recognise Indigenous Australians in the 122-year-old constitution, but the “No” campaign contended that it would create divisions and unfair rights among Australians.

Prime Minister Albanese accepted the referendum’s outcome and emphasised the unity of all Australians beyond this disagreement. The rejection of the referendum marks a significant moment in Australian constitutional history and Indigenous rights.

This referendum allowed all eligible voters to express their stance on recognising and involving Indigenous people in the country’s political processes, but the “No” side prevailed in this case.

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