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(CNN)-Two years after the Australian government rejected a landmark plan to officially recognize indigenous people in the country’s Constitution, a top official said he will move forward with a national referendum on the issue.
“I’m prepared to walk with people on all sides … and reach a point on which we can agree,” Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt said in a speech Wednesday, pledging to find a consensus option that could be taken to a national poll within three years.
Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples have long campaigned to be formally recognized in the Constitution. Wyatt — the first indigenous Australian to hold his position — said he would not bring the matter to a referendum if he didn’t think it could pass, adding that he believes most Australians would support the move.
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