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Greens welcome Joint Committee report on Constitutional Recognition

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 27 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens have welcomed the tabling of the Progress Report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and are encouraging all MPs to engage in a full debate of the recommendations presented.

"The Committee has put forward some key recommendations as to how we can best progress the issue of Constitutional Recognition and ensure a successful referendum is held," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and a member of the Joint Committee said today.

"From the extensive consultation undertaken through the Expert Panel, the Joint Select Committee and my own discussions, it is clear that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people want substantive and meaningful change to the Constitution.

"The Greens agree with the views shared with the Committee during the Inquiry, that Constitutional Recognition needs to be more than symbolic.

"The Committee has recommended that both Houses of Parliament set aside a full day for thorough debate on the options for Constitutional Recognition, to determine the best way forward on options for changes to the Constitution to deliver on the promise of recognition and to address the issue of references to race in section 51 (xxvi).

"Constitutional Recognition is a key part of addressing the past injustices and is a genuine step towards meaningful reconciliation.

"The Greens are committed to working with all parties and MPs to achieve Constitutional Recognition is meaningful and successful," Senator Siewert concluded.

You can read the full report on the APH Website.

 

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