Will Indigenous recognition be sidelined by a new republic referendum debate?

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has complicated the conversation around constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

His recent pledge to call a new referendum for a republic means that—should Labor win the next election—Australia will face multiple votes about its public life and how its government functions.

Constitutional law expert Dr Gabrielle Appleby from UNSW says having both debates at once could grow the discussion—or terribly confuse it.

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