The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the interim report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, saying it provides a foundation for upcoming public consultation, beginning in northern Western Australia next week.
"The tabling of the interim report is another step to Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
"I'm looking forward to hearing comments on the report from around the country and welcome the opportunity to speak to people about what they think about Constitutional Recognition, and what they would like the change to look like. Next week the committee will visit Broome, Halls Creek and Fitzroy Crossing in my home state of Western Australia.
"The interim report discusses important issues relating to constitutional recognition, including wording and proposals to remove discriminatory elements from the constitution, while ensuring the Commonwealth can make laws to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
"I am pleased to see ongoing, multi-party support for this process. A strong political commitment is needed to drive this important change.
"The Greens remain strong supporters of Constitutional Recognition as an important part of lasting and meaningful reconciliation in Australia," Senator Siewert concluded.