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Australia pledged to hold a vote on recognizing indigenous people within three years unlike the U. S. Canada and New Zealand Australia doesn't recognize indigenous people in the constitution , the country has had decades of often heated debates on the issue the struggle to reconcile with descendants of its first inhabitants they arrived on the continent fifty thousand years before British colonists on Wednesday indigenous Australian minister can why it promised a vote before twenty twenty two what I want is for governments to hear the issues stories in a matter is associated with a land they history , they're asking is free to use the government to stop and take the time to listen to their voices , the development of a local regional and national voice will be achieved why it is in self the first indigenous person to hold office bond to get things going by twenty twenty two he'll need to broker an agreement between the government and indigenous leaders have demanded a bigger voice in learning Australia what I want is recognition , that strengthens this nation , we do have a future we do have a past and we to live in more together , Australia to fire in twenty seventeen for rejecting the idea of an advisory body for indigenous people set in the constitution since then it's come under pressure to revisit the issue as a way to bridge the divide within Australia's population indigenous Australians were denied the vote and tell the mid nineteen sixties on track near the bottom in almost every social economic indicator