The Constitution

The Aboriginal People, the Constitution and the Future

The Prime Minister has declared his support for a proposal for a referendum to alter the preamble to the Constitution to include a form of “recognition” of the Aboriginal people and has called for a public “conversation” on the subject. Developing a form of words for this purpose will be the duty of a committee he has established. The Labor Opposition, before losing office, appointed an expert panel that recommended alterations to the body of the Constitution, such as removing certain sections dealing with “race” and adding a new section to “advance” Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. Strong in-principle support…

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