There is bipartisan support for Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people but a referendum is unlikely to be put to Australians before 2017.
Between now and then debate is likely to focus around the issue of what that term 'recognition' actually means, paritcularly in light of the removal of aboriginal communities from their lands in Western Australia.
Will it be an important symbolic acknowledgement of Australia's first peoples, or is there an opportunity for Constitutional recognition to mean something more?
2SER's Dom Vukovic reports
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