Twelve Aboriginal-only Constitutional Conventions have deliberately excluded the majority of the population. On May 24, at the next Quadrant dinner, speakers Gary Johns, Keith Windschuttle, Chris Kenny, Anthony Dillon and David Flint address both sides of Recognition
Next Quadrant dinner: Wednesday May 24, 2017
Union, University and Schools Club, Sydney
The Quadrant Constitutional Convention
Keynote speakers: Gary Johns, Keith Windschuttle,
Chris Kenny, Anthony Dillon, David Flint
TO MARK the 50th anniversary of the successful Constitutional referendum of 1967 that gave the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal people, Quadrant will host a Constitutional Convention to examine current proposals for their further Constitutional recognition.
To date, the Turnbull government has staged 12 regional Constitutional Conventions around Australia to discuss these proposals, with a final national convention at Uluru from May 24 to 26. However, all these conventions have been reserved exclusively for indigenous people. So far, no one in mainstream politics or the media has seen fit to query this exercise in segregation or to call for even one convention to be staged to represent the great majority of the Australian population.
To fill this glaring defect in our political debate, Quadrant has invited a genuinely diverse range of speakers — both for and against recognition — to argue their positions at a Constitutional Convention and dinner in Sydney on Wednesday May 24.
As is usual at these Quadrant functions, questions and comments will also be invited from diners. We plan to video all proceedings and publish full transcripts of the Convention debate so that the wider public, whose votes will eventually decide this issue, will be much better informed than they are at present.
Do not miss the opportunity to attend this historic event. Register now.
Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street, Sydney
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Drinks 6pm–7pm; dinner from 7pm
Cost: $84 per person. Dress: Jacket and tie
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