The Panel delivered its report Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution to the Prime Minister on 19 January 2012, and recommended that Australians should vote in a referendum to:
- Remove Section 25 - which recognises that the States can ban people from voting on the basis of their race;
- Delete section 51(xxvi) - which can be used to discriminate on the basis of race;
- Insert a new section 51A - to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to preserve the Australian Government’s ability to pass laws for the benefit of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples;
- Adopt a new section 116A, banning racial discrimination by the commonwealth; and
- Insert a new section 127A, recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages were this country’s first tongues, while confirming that English is Australia’s national language.
The Panel would like to sincerely thank you for participating in consultations and for lodging submissions