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Polls show Australia Indigenous referendum support slipping, likely to fail

A Kaurna elder, Uncle Moogy, performs a traditional smoking ceremony with spectators, in Adelaide, Australia, on 23rd February, 2023

Sydney, AustraliaReuters Support for a referendum to constitutionally recognise Australia’s Indigenous people slipped further, with the landmark proposal set to fail in a national vote roughly three weeks away, two opinion polls showed on Monday. Support for a “Voice to Parliament”, an Indigenous committee to advise parliament on matters affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island […]

Swiss voters approve global minimum corporate tax, climate goals

The snow-covered peaks of Bernese Oberland are seen behind Lake Zug and the city of Zug, Switzerland, on 20th August, 2020.

Zurich, SwitzerlandReuters Voters in Switzerland on Sunday approved the introduction of a global minimum tax on businesses and a climate law that aims to cut fossil fuel use and reach zero emissions by 2050, public broadcaster SRF reported. The results showed almost 80 per cent of those who voted in Sunday’s national referendum backed raising […]

Mali counts votes from referendum expected pave the way to elections

Mali's junta leader Assimi Goita arrives to attend the last campaign rally of the "Yes" group for the referendum on constitutional amendments that would return the country to constitutional rule, in Bamako, Mali, on 16th June, 2023

Bamako, MaliReuters Mali started counting votes on Sunday from a constitutional referendum that the ruling military junta and regional powers have said will pave the way to elections and a return to civilian rule.  The junta, which seized power in coups in 2020 and 2021, promised to hold the plebiscite as part of a transition […]

Central African Republic plans referendum on scrapping presidential term limits

Central African Republic's President Faustin Archange Touadera addresses the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN Headquarters in New York City, US, on 20th September, 2022.

Bangui, Central African RepublicReuters Central African Republic’s President Faustin-Archange Touadera said on Tuesday he would hold a referendum in July on his intention to change the constitution and remove term limits. Touadera’s allies proposed the change in May last year, arguing that presidential term limits were uncommon in many neighbouring countries. Critics and opposition parties […]

Australian Government introduces Indigenous referendum bill in parliament

Anthony Albanese, Australia's Prime Minister, attends the 2nd ASEAN Global Dialogue during the ASEAN summit held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on 13th November, 2022.

Sydney, AustraliaReuters The Australian Government on Thursday took the first formal step towards holding a referendum to recognise Indigenous people in the constitution and set up an Indigenous “Voice to Parliament” to advise lawmakers on matters that impact their lives.  Introducing the bill in parliament, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the referendum, to be held between […]

Explainer – What is Australia’s Indigenous ‘Voice to Parliament’ campaign?

FILE PHOTO: A sticker of the Australian Aboriginal Flag along with the word "RESPECT" is pictured on a structure at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, a site of protest since 1972, in Canberra, Australia, May 4, 2022. REUTERS/Loren Elliott

Sydney, Australia Reuters Australia plans to hold a federal referendum later this year to constitutionally recognise its Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through the establishment of a representative Voice that will provide non-binding advice to the parliament. A sticker of the Australian Aboriginal Flag along with the word “RESPECT” is pictured on a structure […]

Putin to host Kremlin ceremony annexing parts of Ukraine

Russia Moscow referendum declaration event

Reuters Russian President Vladimir Putin was set to host a Kremlin ceremony on Friday annexing four regions of Ukraine, while his Ukrainian counterpart said Putin would have to be stopped for Russia to avoid the most damaging consequences of the war.  There was a warning too from United Nations chief Antonio Guterres who said the […]