Voice referendum bills still on track for parliament, Labor says, despite impasse in negotiations

referendum working group was expected to confirm its advice to government on the exact wording of the question and the constitutional amendment on Thursday. But a communique from its meeting in Adelaide, issued by Indigenous Australians minister Linda Burney’s office, said the process was still ongoing.Sign Albanese government hopes to progress two bills in the coming parliamentary fortnight as working group advice is finalisedFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe Albanese government plans to progress two bills to set up the Indigenous voice referendum in the coming parliamentary fortnight, remaining confident the process remains on track despite its expert group of Aboriginal leaders still finalising its crucial advice to cabinet.The

Experts say data points to early signs of a new wave but, given level of immunity, is not expected to be as severe as in the pastGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastNew South Wales is experiencing a rise in Covid-19 cases, with one expert warning the data indicates early signs of a new wave with a “patchwork quilt” of variants.NSW Health recorded 8,032 Covid cases in the week to Saturday, an increase of 9.2% from the previous week.Sign

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