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Indigenous Constitutional Bill sails through Australian parliament

Indigenous Constitutional Bill sails through Australian parliament

Updated 14 February 2013, 9:41 AEDT

Five years to the day after the Australian Parliament delivered an apology to the Stolen Generations, indigenous children forcibly taken from their parents in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, the first step's been taken towards Constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians.

The Recognition Act sailed through Parliament receiving bipartisan support.

It recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first Australians and aims to build momentum for a referendum.

But politicians are being warned they'll need to get the wording of that question right, if they want Australians to overwhelmingly vote yes in a referendum.

Presenter:Samantha Hawley

Speakers:Julia Gillard, Prime Minister; Kevin Rudd, former Prime Minister; Tony Abbott, Opposition Leader; Patrick Dodson, Aboriginal leader; Mandy Brown, Stolen Generation victim;

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