"Federal Labor notes the Prime Minister’s announcement tonight on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians has been long held Federal Labor policy, and this was affirmed at the ALP National Conference in Sydney earlier this year.
Obviously, we will need to examine the detail of Mr Howard’s proposal with particular regard to its legal and constitutional implications...
Nevertheless, Federal Labor offers bipartisan support to a commitment for constitutional recognition, regardless of the outcomes of the Federal election.
A referendum will succeed if it has strong public support, and bipartisan leadership, and in the spirit of the 1967 referendum, Federal Labor offers this support."