The campaign to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the constitution is increasingly resembling a runaway train.
Inclusion of the first Australians in the constitution has had bipartisan support from all Australian political parties for almost a decade, but ultimately it is the Australian public that will decide in a referendum, which the Prime Minister has suggested should be held in 2017.
So why is Recognise coming off the rails?
1. Internal Divisions.
An expert panel, made up of influential Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians conducted an extensive consultation process with the public, tabling their findings in a report to the federal government in 2012.
The key recommendations were that the constitution acknowledge Indigenous people as the traditional custodians of Australia and amend the parts of the constitution that allow discrimination based on race.
Last week conservative Indigenous leader Noel Pearson, one of the expert panel members, broke away from those recommendations.
2. Alternative Options.
3. Prime Minister considering alternatives.
In addition to the key recommendations already on the table from the government-appointed Recognise panel, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he'll carefully consider Mr Pearson's ideas before moving forward with the process.