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Thousands of people demonstrated in cities and towns across Australia on Sunday to back a campaign to recognize the country's indigenous peoples in the constitution ahead of a referendum later this year.


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The rallies on Sunday, organized by the Yes23 campaign, were part of a nationwide "day of action" to rally the public after a recent drop in support for constitutional change.

At the end of the year, the country will hold a referendum to approve or not the creation of a consultative body that represents indigenous peoples through an amendment to the Constitution.

Australians will have to answer whether or not they approve a bill to amend the Constitution to recognize indigenous peoples and Torres Islanders through the Voice, a body that will represent Australia's first indigenous peoples.

“The eyes of the world are truly on Australia and I have every faith that Australians will come together and vote yes in this referendum,” Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney said at the Brisbane march.

“(The Voice) will be elected by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and will give advice not only to the executive government, but also to parliament.

"What they ask us in a few months is not what color the rug will be, but whether or not we believe Aboriginal people should be recognized in the founding document of this nation - the Australian Constitution. And the answer is yes."

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