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Most Aussies support First Peoples recognition

THE vast majority of Australians support recognising the nation's First Peoples in the Constitution and removing racial discrimination clauses, a poll has found.

Some 82% of the 1200 people polled by the Australian National University said they either agreed or strongly agreed with removing the race clauses.

ANU Professor Matthew Guy said the results were strongest in metropolitan areas and among younger age groups, but there was also significant support in regional areas and in the older population.

The survey also revealed four out of five people believed indigenous Australians should be able to choose their "own way of life".

It comes as a high-level parliamentary committee reaches the final months of its inquiry into the issue, and after successive reviews and an expert panel on constitutional recognition made similar findings.



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