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Albanese, Burney urge Australians to 'make history' with Voice to Parliament

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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has once again urged Australians to vote 'yes' in the Voice referendum after the Senate passed the Indigenous Voice to Parliament bill this morning.

In a press conference on Monday, Albanese, and Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney urged Australians to "walk with us".

"I say to my fellow Australians – parliaments pass laws, but it is people that make history," Mr Albanese said.

"This is your time, your chance, your opportunity to be a part of making history.

"It will be a moment of national unity, a chance to make our nation even greater."

Minister Burney said this is the beginning of a national conversation.

"This is the final hurdle to holding a referendum later this year for constitutional recognition for a Voice - it's on," she said.

"We are one step closer to finally recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our nation's founding document.

"One step closer to giving a Voice to the needs and aspirations of Indigenous Australians.

"One step closer to unifying Australia and making a great country even greater."

Minister Burney also paid respect to Labor Senator Pat Dodson for his work on the campaign.

Senators who votes yes join together for a standing ovation after the bill passed in the senate. (Image: News Corp Australia)

Uluru Dialogue co-chair Pat Anderson welcomed the passing of the bill and said the referendum is now in sight.

"From 1840, we were calling people in NSW to petition the king, and we have also we would go to a higher authority for someone to hear us and do something to help us," she said.

"Today, parliament did its job and now as it says in the Uluru Statement, the question is said, the amendment is said and we can go out and talk to the Australian people.

"The Australian public, the Australian people will decide what sort of a country we are, what do we stand for, what are our values, who are we?"

Former Liberal spokesperson for Indigenous Australians, Julian Leeser said a successful yes vote will help close the gap.

The former Shadow Minister resigned from the Liberal Party front bench in April due to his personal opposition to his party's 'no' stance.

Mr Leeser said despite being one of the more successful nations in the world, First Nations people suffer from a lower life expectancy, a higher suicide rate and higher unemployment rate.

"The Voice is a practical change that will help local and regional communities across Australia," he said

"I will be supporting the 'yes' case because it is a safe constitutional change, and it will make a meaningful difference to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Australians.

"Over the months ahead, I am looking forward to being part of a movement of Australians from all political backgrounds and playing a part in a campaign that will bring our country together."

While there is no date set for the referendum, Mr Albanese has previously said it will be held in the lat quarter of the year.


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