The Australian Greens said today the energy for constitutional recognition at the Recognise Gala last night was palpable, and have urged the Government to build on that energy and finalise the question to be put and set a date for the referendum.
"There is a groundswell of political and public support for constitutional change, which was on show at the Recognise Gala last night. We need to ensure this spirit continues," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
"While Prime Minister Tony Abbott is obviously committed to constitutional recognition, I'm disappointed that he thinks people need to 'temper their ambition'. People clearly want change and that change needs to be meaningful. People are expecting leadership and passion from their politicians on this issue.
"An important next step the Prime Minister could take is to implement the recommendation of the Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition and hold debates in both houses of parliament. As part of this process, members of parliament would need to engage with their constituents and discuss the various options for recognition.
"Polling commissioned by the Recognise campaign shows 63 per cent of voters are ready for a referendum, with three quarters of those people supporting constitutional change. By working alongside Recognise and the community campaign, MPs can ensure that this support continues to grow and that a referendum is ultimately successful," Senator Siewert concluded.