What will the powers of the The Indigenous Australian Voice be?

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Australia is considering a referendum to alter its constitution to create an "Australian and Torres Strait Islander Voice".

The text of the amendment is as follows:

  • "There shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice."

  • “The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice may make representations to parliament and the executive government on matters
    relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples."

  • "The parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws with respect to the composition, functions, powers and
    procedures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice."

Will the "power" clause in the third paragraph allow the Voice to wield executive and legislative powers beyond its stated "advisory" role.

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