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Scott Morrison’s portfolio saga continues; Australia’s unemployment rate falls; The 2022 NRL Grand Final remains in Sydney; Solomon Islands-Huawai agreement reached; 2002 Bali bomb maker will be freed

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Torres Strait Islander women shared their insights with Anthony Albanese on how Indigenous voice in parliament could help close the wellbeing gap.

The Prime Minister today concluded a two-day visit to the region by meeting with community leaders.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese concluded a series of meetings in the Torres Strait.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“We need to close the gap in education, health, life expectancy, housing,” Albanese said following the meetings.

“But the way to do that is to make sure that, first, you give people that sense of belonging, that you check them out. That’s the right way to do it.

Labor pledged in the election to put the indigenous voice to a referendum by the end of the term.

The Prime Minister said he received unanimous support during his meetings for the vote in parliament.

The draft question to ask the Australian people is: “Do you support a change to the constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice?

A new provision in the constitution would have three sentences:

There will be an organization called the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice can intervene with Parliament and the Executive Government on issues relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Parliament, subject to this Constitution, has the power to make laws in relation to the composition, functions, powers and procedures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice.

State and territory ministers agreed to support the Labor government’s work to enshrine the voice.

A successful referendum requires an overall majority of votes as well as majorities in a majority of states.

AAP