Editorial - July 8: Sort two issues with the one poll

2015 will be remembered as the year that two separate choruses in the Australian public rallied on matters of equal recognition.

This NAIDOC Week the call on politicians is louder than ever that a referendum is overdue on amendments to the constitution to recognise indigenous people.

Penned more than a century ago, the constitution does not mention Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders or the first chapter of our history, but there are firm political commitments the matter is headed for a vote of the Australian public.

With that said, and the likelihood of a referendum, shouldn't Australia seize on the opportunity of having the public at the polls, and like countries such as Ireland, vote on the highly topical question of same-sex marriage?

Whether you endorse or oppose the notion, the amount of time already dedicated to this debate surely justifies a vote of the people.

A referendum has been dismissed by the Federal Government given the constitution would not necessarily need to be altered for the legal guidelines of marriage to be changed.

The issue may face a conscience vote of the parliament, but why not put it to the people so the will of the public prevails? Send us your thoughts.

Matt Deans,
Editor



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