The Federal Government has today announced their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill and are in the process of establishing a Joint Parliamentary Select Committee to examine the Bill.
“The Australian Greens are committed to ensuring that the process from here is one which sets us on the best possible path towards a ‘yes’ vote when the referendum is held,” Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“I was proud to be a member of the Expert Panel examining Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. We undertook extensive consultations over a 12 month period before delivering a consensus report to the Prime Minister in January 2012. This process included wide ranging discussions, consultations and public hearings.
“The Joint Select Committee should build on the work already undertaken by the Expert Panel and continue to consult widely on this issue.
“The Committee will have an important responsibility to develop cross-party political momentum in favour of Constitutional Recognition and improve understanding and awareness of this issue in the wider community.
“Constitutional Recognition remains a priority issue for the Australian Greens and we will continue to work hard to see this delivered,” Senator Siewert concluded.