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Journey to Recognition arrives here
Date: November 20, 2014
Publication: Sunshine Coast Daily

AUSTRALIA denied its indigenous people to be counted as citizens until 1967. And now in 2014, a momentous Recognise campaign sweeping our land, led by first Australians is seeking their inclusion in our Constitution.

Campaigners in Bay to push for recognition in Constitution
Date: November 19, 2014
Publication: Fraser Coast Chronicle

A GROUP of campaigners has gathered outside the Fraser Coast Cultural Centre in an effort to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people included in the Australian Constitution.

Recognition relay reaches Garden City
Date: November 19, 2014
Publication: Toowoomba Chronicle

THE Recognise relay reached Toowoomba during its epic journey across Australia.

Recognition in Constitution key to inclusion of Aboriginal people, hearing told
Date: November 13, 2014
Publication: www.news.com.au

A TASMANIAN Aboriginal elder has told a parliamentary committee that Aboriginal people will remain on the outer until they are recognised in the Constitution.

Recognise tour stops in St George to drum up local support
Date: November 13, 2014
Publication: Balonne Beacon

St George locals met with Recognise campaigners during their national tour at the weekend, where they also shared a cricket match during Sunday’s White Ribbon Day event at St George State School.

Recognition sought
Date: November 7, 2014
Publication: The Western Star

ROMA resident Helen McLeod wants the Australian Constitution changed and her children taught the country's real history.

Conquering Everest: A ride for Recognition
Date: November 5, 2014
Publication: The Koori Mail - NACCHO NEWS

In an inspiring feat of personal endurance, Canberra resident and Wakka Wakka man Chris Simpson is 'Everesting' the National Arboretum in Canberra to inspire others to join the RECOGNISE movement and to promote Indigenous health.

Recognise campaign hits the road again for this is last time in 2014
Date: November 5, 2014
Publication: The National Indigenous Times

The RECOGNISE relay is back on the road, starting from Yeppoon in Central Queensland last week in what will be the last leg for 2014.

Recognise the racism
Date: November 5, 2014
Publication: Central Telegraph

The Recognise organisation aims to bring to account racial clauses in the Australian Constitution and is spreading the message one town at a time.

Three Options to Alter the Constitution
Date: November 5, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Times

A bipartisan joint parliamentary committee believes the constitution coudl be changed to explicitly prohibit racial discrimination against Indigenous Australians.

Recognition journey continues through Central Queensland
Date: October 31, 2014
Publication: ABC Capricornia Breakfast with Jacquie Mackay

We'd like to think that in 2014 every Australian is equal in our constitution but sadly that's not the case.

Indigenous constitutional recognition: Ken Wyatt
Date: October 28, 2014
Publication: Radio National Breakfast with Fran Kelly

A parliamentary committee has recommended a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition be held at, or soon after, the 2016 Federal Election

Opinion: Recognising the time is right for constitutional reform
Date: October 27, 2014
Publication: Courier Mail

I AM a Bulgun Warra man from West of Cooktown on Cape York, northern Queensland.

Politicians urged to make time for Indigenous recognition in constitution
Date: October 27, 2014
Publication: The Guardian

The government has been urged to set aside a full sitting day in both chambers of parliament to debate the proposed changes to the constitution to recognise Indigenous Australians.

Options for Indigenous recognition
Date: October 27, 2014
Publication: News.com.au

A BIPARTISAN joint parliamentary committee believes the constitution could be changed to explicitly prohibit racial discrimination against indigenous Australians.

Indigenous recognition referendum: Parliamentary committee recommends delaying vote
Date: October 27, 2014
Publication: ABC Online

A vote on Indigenous recognition in the Constitution may be delayed, with a federal parliamentary committee recommending pushing back the timeframe for the referendum until, or after, the 2016 election.

Melbourne mural a push for Indigenous recognition
Date: October 18, 2014
Publication: The Age

RMIT and ACU students paste up a series of images of young people who support the Recognise This campaign - Australia's youth push for Indigenous constitutional recognition.

Experts back Warren Mundine’s call to lock in date for indigenous referendum
Date: October 12, 2014
Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald

Legal experts have backed calls by the Prime Minister's top indigenous adviser to set a date for a referendum on the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians as soon as possible to avoid a loss of momentum.

Recognise date is a priority: Abbott
Date: October 11, 2014
Publication: The Weekend Australian

TONY Abbott yesterday confirmed that the Council of Australian Governments had dis­cussed the referendum to ­acknowledge indigenous Aust­ralians in the Constitution, and said he believed setting a date was his next step before a set of words were agreed on.

TSRA welcomes efforts of Recognise campaign
Date: October 8, 2014
Publication: The Koori Mail

The Torres Strait regional Authority (TSRA) has welcomed the work of Recognise, the organisation behind the push for recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution.

Momentum builds for indigenous recognition
Date: October 6, 2014
Publication: The Australian Financial Review

The movement charged with promoting the constitutional recognition of Australia's first people says a joint appearance by Tony Abbott, Bill Shorten, chief executives and indigenous leaders in December will be crucial to rebuilding momentum.

Tony Abbott, Bill Shorten to join forces over Recognise constitution campaign
Date: October 6, 2014
Publication: The Australian

THE Prime Minister and Opposition Leader will join indigenous leaders at a fundraiser for the Recognise movement for indigenous in December where there are hopes they will outline a joint resolve to achieve constitutional change.

Natasha Stott Despoja: Constitutions can benefit from some fixing
Date: September 29, 2014
Publication: The Adelaide Advertiser

ALTHOUGH the outcome of the Scottish referendum was closer than expected, it was still a mighty effort.

Do opponents know what changes are?
Date: September 26, 2014
Publication: Fraser Chronicle, Harvey Bay

The very thought of changing the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has some saying that any change to the Constitution will lead to billions of dollars in compensation to right perceived wrongs. It won't.

Local Government crucial to Recognise
Date: September 25, 2014
Publication: Local Government Association of Tasmania

LOCAL Government will play a key role in a successful referendum to recognise the first Australians in our nation's Constitution.

Indigenous recognition: the concerns of those opposed must be taken seriously
Date: September 25, 2014
Publication: The Guardian

Constitutional recognition is a cause for optimism, but its critics have compelling arguments. Nonetheless, Australians must realise the fate of the nation is tied to its first peoples

Impact of British settlers on Aborigines was all bad, Abbott says
Date: September 24, 2014
Publication: The Australian

THE impact of early British settlers was “all bad” for indigenous Australians, Tony Abbott has said, declaring we need to acknowledge Aborigines in the Constitution because there is “discomfort in our national character”.

Early British settlement ‘all bad’ for indigenous Australians: Tony Abbott
Date: September 23, 2014
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The arrival of British settlers in Australia was "all bad" for indigenous Australians, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has declared, as the federal government prepares to set the timeline for a referendum on indigenous recognition in the constitution.

Out in the Bush, Abbott attacks Britain’s Aboriginal sins
Date: September 22, 2014
Publication: The Telegraph (UK)

Inside a small tent in a remote stretch of outback bushland, Australia’s prime minister Tony Abbott pulled his seat up to a portable wooden desk on which sat his laptop computer, deodorant, insect repellent and sunscreen

Constitutional change pointless without Aborigines’ support
Date: September 20, 2014
Publication: The Weekend Australian

INDIGENOUS Australians are not only the most profoundly disadvantaged group in Australian society, but the most discriminated against.

Bottom Line: Should the Constitution recognise indigenous Australians?
Date: September 20, 2014
Publication: Adelaide Advertiser

Our columnists tackle the serious, and not do serious, issues affecting South Australians.

The Verdict: Recognition for first Australians
Date: September 20, 2014
Publication: Courier Mail

Do you think Indigenous Australians should be recognised in the Constitution?

Columnists, Dennis Atkins, Susan Johnson and Brian Williams respond.

Abbott: When idealism meets reality
Date: September 20, 2014
Publication: The Daily Telegraph

In an ideal world, Tony Abbott would have fulfilled the first instalment of his promise to spend a week each year on Aboriginal land by taking himself far from the cameras and holding private court with Arnhem Land clan leaders in a smoky bark lean-to, immersed in their cultural world.

Aboriginal leaders call on Tony Abbott to act on recognition referendum before next election
Date: September 20, 2014
Publication: ABC

Yolngu leaders from parts of Arnhem Land are urging the Prime Minister to reconsider delaying a referendum for Indigenous recognition in the Constitution beyond the next election.

Referendum advocate Mark Leibler shifts on constitutional race ban
Date: September 20, 2014
Publication: The Weekend Australian

THE co-chair of the expert panel on Aboriginal constitutional recognition has declared he is no longer “wedded” to banning racial discrimination.

Arnhem Land leaders hail meeting of minds with Tony Abbott
Date: September 20, 2014
Publication: The Weekend Australian

YOLNGU leaders have thanked Tony Abbott for visiting their communities in Arnhem Land, saying they hope the government will now be more responsive to their concerns.

Nation wants equality, not ready to vote
Date: September 20, 2014
Publication: The Weekend Australian

AUSTRALIANS want to address inequality in the Constitution but are wary of giving “special treatment” to one group of people on the basis of race, says Tony A​bbott’s indigenous recognition advisory panel.

Bill Shorten to be offered seat at table on road to referendum
Date: September 19, 2014
Publication: The Australian

TONY Abbott will seek a discussion with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to establish bipartisan support for a 2017 time frame for a referendum to acknowledge­ ­indigenous Australians.

Tony Abbott concedes election vow to hold referendum on indigenous recognition unlikely
Date: September 18, 2014
Publication: The Australian Financial Review

Tony Abbott has co-opted Labor leader Bill Shorten to help make the case for the constitutional recognition of Indigenous people after plans to hold a referendum were shelved for the second time in as many years.

Explainer: what Indigenous constitutional recognition means
Date: September 18, 2014
Publication: The Conversation

Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australia has been on the national agenda for a long time, but is back in the headlines with the news that the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader hope to release draft proposals for a referendum question within weeks.

Noel Pearson, Greg Craven unite on indigenous constitutional reforms
Date: September 18, 2014
Publication: The Australian

CAPE York leader Noel Pearson and conservative academic Greg Craven have presented Tony Abbott with a joint proposal for constitutional change that includes a new section to establish an indigenous body that would scrutinise legislation and advise parliament but would not have veto power.

Indigenous constitutional recognition: Committee urges referendum before 2016 election
Date: September 17, 2014
Publication: ABC

A referendum on Indigenous recognition in the constitution should be held at or before the next election in 2016, a bi-partisan committee of federal MPs says.

PM considers timing for Indigenous recognition referendum
Date: September 17, 2014
Publication: ABC 7.30

A timeframe for holding a referendum on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia's constitution is being discussed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott but the bi-partisan issue faces differing views about what the change should be and when it should be put to voters.

Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten meet in private to nut out indigenous constitution question
Date: September 17, 2014
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten have met privately and resolved to work together to maximise the prospects of the referendum recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution.

Abbott pushes recognition referendum out to 2017
Date: September 17, 2014
Publication: The Australian

TONY Abbott will reveal this week that the long­-promised r​eferendum on acknowledging indigenous Australians in the Constitution will take place in 2017, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the 1967 r​eferendum.

Referendum on indigenous Australians should be conservative: PM
Date: September 16, 2014
Publication: The Age Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Abbott has signalled his conviction that a referendum recognising indigenous Australians is more likely to succeed if it is "spiritually ambitious" but legally conservative.

Indigenous recognition poll likely in 2017
Date: September 15, 2014
Publication: The Australian

A TIMEFRAME for constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians could be revealed within weeks.

Indigenous recognition timeframe to emerge by week’s end
Date: September 15, 2014
Publication: The Guardian

A timeframe for the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the constitution is expected to emerge by the end of the week, with any referendum most likely to take place after the next election following meetings between the prime minister and Aboriginal elders in Arnhem Land.

PM gives timeframe on constitutional recognition
Date: September 15, 2014
Publication: Sky News

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says a timeframe on constitutional recognition of first Australians will be released in the coming weeks.

Abbott in the Top End: PM ‘confident’ on timeline for Indigenous constitutional recognition vote
Date: September 15, 2014
Publication: ABC

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the Government will finalise the timeframe for a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition within weeks.

The Drum
Date: September 15, 2014
Publication: The Drum

On The Drum tonight: Tony Abbott's trip to Arnhem Land to meet with Aboriginal elders and other stakeholders.

Galarrwuy Yunupingu will listen to Tony Abbott but true recognition needs more than words
Date: September 13, 2014
Publication: The Age and Sydney Morning Herald

When Galarrwuy Yunupingu greets Tony Abbott at Gulkula in north-east Arnhem Land tomorrow, the welcome will be warm but unsentimental, with Yunupingu's expectations shaped by almost 40 years of interaction with Australia's political elite.

Abbott’s Top End trip: Indigenous leaders in Arnhem Land to push for constitutional recognition
Date: September 13, 2014
Publication: ABC

A group of community leaders in Arnhem Land will use the Prime Minister's arrival on Sunday to push for a renewed focus on a referendum for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

We need to work out how indigenous voices can be heard
Date: September 13, 2014
Publication: The Weekend Australian

THERE is very little truly historic speech­making or writing in modern Australia. Most “historic” utterances are certified as such by spin doctors and the egotists who employ them well in advance of delivery.

Noel Pearson’s vision for reconciling the nation
Date: September 13, 2014
Publication: The Weekend Australian

There is a dream of a reconciled Australia, a nation with a newly balanced Constitution and a new engagement between indigenous and mainstream citizens of all backgrounds — and the chief architect of this dream is Cape York reformer Noel Pearson, the Aboriginal advocate most admired by the nation’s establishment and intelligentsia.

Journey to recognition coming to Central Queensland
Date: September 12, 2014
Publication: ABC Capricornia

A massive relay is underway at the moment in Australia - it's called the Journey to Recognition and it will be coming to Central Queensland next week.

Push for Recognition in Townsville
Date: September 11, 2014
Publication: Palm Island Voice

A group pushing to have Aboriginal and TSI people’s recognised in the Australian Constitution held a large meeting in Townsville’s Strand Park late last month.

Indigenous relay arrives today
Date: September 11, 2014
Publication: North West Star

The Recognise relay comes to Mount Isa today with a series of events planned in town.

Marchers on the road to recognition
Date: September 10, 2014
Publication: The Koori Mail

SEVERAL hundred Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people took part in a recent Journey to Recognition march in Townsville.

Race to recognition in Constitution
Date: September 9, 2014
Publication: The Northern Miner

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution was an issue brought to the forefront in Charters Towers this week.

North West towns to be recognised in iconic relay launch
Date: September 5, 2014
Publication: North West Star

Cloncurry locals are invited to be part of history in the making when the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution arrives in town today.

North West towns to be recognised in relay launch
Date: September 5, 2014
Publication: North West Star

Cloncurry locals are invited to be part of history in the making when the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution arrives in town today.

PM to fulfil Indigenous election promise
Date: September 4, 2014
Publication: Sky News

Tony Abbott will use the final days of his first year to fulfil one of his priority promises. Squeezing in just before the promised 12 month deadline, the prime minister will fly to North East Arnhem Land and spend six days in remote indigenous communities.

Adam Goodes: Aboriginal AFL star calls out racists
Date: September 3, 2014
Publication: CNN

"It's a very humbling experience," he says. "It's been an amazing platform for me this year to talk about things I'm passionate about -- like eliminating domestic violence andtrying to get recognition in the constitution for Aboriginal people.

Recognition team seeks Ayr support
Date: September 3, 2014
Publication: The Burdekin Advocate

More than 20,000km have already been travelled as the 'Journey to Recognition' team made its way to Ayr last week to drum up support and raise awareness of their campaign.

 

Premiers Jay Weatherill and Campbell Newman unite to push recognition plebiscite
Date: September 2, 2014
Publication: The Australian

SOUTH Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has written to Queensland Premier Campbell Newman to request that a referendum to acknowledge indigenous Australians is a priority item for the Council for the Australian Federation, arguing states should urge the Abbott government to fix a date for the vote.

Call to include the first people, at last
Date: September 2, 2014
Publication: Townsville Bulletin

AUSTRALIA will never stamp out racism while its indigenous people are not recognised in the constitution, according to activist Shannan Dodson.

Recognition push growing
Date: August 29, 2014
Publication: Daily Mercury

A NATIONAL movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution comes to Mackay tomorrow.

Filmmaker hopes Vote Yes film opens conversation about constitutional recognition
Date: August 28, 2014
Publication: ABC

The referendum on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians must be held soon and should take place outside a federal election.

Pressure mounts for referendum in 2015
Date: August 27, 2014
Publication: Koori Mail

INDIGENOUS leaders have stepped up the momentum in the campaign to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution, calling for a referendum to be held next year rather than be delayed to 2017.

Qantas backs Recognise campaign
Date: August 27, 2014
Publication: Koori Mail

QANTAS is supporting the drive to constitutionally recognise the presence of Indigenous Australians before European arrival.

Star Miranda Tapsell recognises it’s her time for change
Date: August 26, 2014
Publication: The Australian

MIRANDA Tapsell didn’t need to look far for inspiration for her character in Vote Yes, a short film about the 1967 referendum on including Aborigines in the census.

Why don’t we listen to black Australia?
Date: August 23, 2014
Publication: The Weekend Australian

WE don’t listen enough. White Australia, to black Australia. The recent, invigorating ABC Q&A program from Arnhem Land, with its all-indigenous panel, proved that. The problem of listening – or the dire lack of it – goes back to the earliest times of colonisation.

Throw off the right number of sandbags and indigenous recognition might fly
Date: August 23, 2014
Publication: The Australian

MOST “national questions” are nothing of the sort. They are political dirigibles, pumped up for the occasion by supporters, punctured by opponents and vanishing from history before anyone has even noticed. But, every now and then, something real arrives. The thing distinguishing them from the dross of day-to-day controversy is that, if they fly, the gains are enormous. If they crash, the consequences are dreadful.

Views aired: Recognition of first peoples is sought
Date: August 22, 2014
Publication: Shepparton News

Last week, members of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples convened in Shepparton to hear from council, community groups and individuals.

Don’t let the sun set on a noble act
Date: August 22, 2014
Publication: The Australian

IN late 2012, the then Labor ­government proposed the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act. It was passed unopposed by both houses of parliament in February last year.

Calls for indigenous recognition next year
Date: August 22, 2014
Publication: The West Australian

Australians shouldn't have to wait until 2017 to have their say on constitutional recognition for indigenous people.

Gooda urges fast-tracking of constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: August 22, 2014
Publication: ABC The World Today

The social justice commissioner says a referendum on the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians should be held next year.

Mick Gooda calls for ‘recognise’ vote next year
Date: August 22, 2014
Publication: The Australian

ABORIGINAL leader Mick Gooda has called on Tony Abbott and other political leaders to hold a referendum to acknowledge indigenous Australians in the Constitution at the end of next year, saying momentum will be lost if the timetable is not brought forward immediately.

Calma: Constitutional recognition would reduce racism
Date: August 21, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Radio Service

Prominent Indigenous academic Tom Calma has again called for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution. Dr Calma made the call when discussing the links between racism and health at the National Press Club.

Mick Gooda pushes referendum on Indigenous recognition for 2015
Date: August 21, 2014
Publication: The Guardian

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner says it’s time to stop stalling on constitutional recognition

Mick Gooda calls for 2015 referendum on indigenous recognition
Date: August 21, 2014
Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald

The nation should hold a referendum to recognise indigenous Australians in the constitution next year, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has argued.

Constitution must protect against racism
Date: August 20, 2014
Publication: The West Australian

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples heard evidence in Darwin on Wednesday on the importance of recognising the first peoples in the constitution, and on the removal of sections which allow the passing of laws that discriminate against people based on their race.

Cape York locals declare the time has arrived to Recognise
Date: August 20, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Times

The latest leg of the Journey to Recognition has traversed Cape York, visiting 14 communities and involving hundreds of locals in the Recognise movement.

Qantas takes the Recognise message to the skies
Date: August 20, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Times

Qantas has joined the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples in the Australian constitution by unveiling a new QanrasLink q400 aircraft showing a large RECOGNISE logo on its livery.

Work for recognition
Date: August 15, 2014
Publication: Shepparton News

The chair of a national constitutional recognition committee has commended Shepparton's Indigenous and multicultural communities on their ability to work together to inspire change.

Recognise campaign takes off
Date: August 14, 2014
Publication: Adelaide Advertiser

QANTAS is supporting a drive to constitutionally recognise the presence of indigenous Australians before European settlement.

Recognise campaign takes off
Date: August 14, 2014
Publication: Adelaide Advertiser

QANTAS is supporting a drive to constitutionally recognise the presence of indigenous Australians before European settlement. 

Qantas flies the R
Date: August 14, 2014
Publication: Toowoomba Chronicle

QANTAS has partnered with the Recognise campaign to have first Australians included in the Constitution.

Promise check: Publish a draft amendment for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people within 12 months
Date: August 13, 2014
Publication: ABC Online

Before the election Tony Abbott pledged to be "a prime minister for Aboriginal affairs." Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian constitution has been one of his most consistent promises.

Qantas adds its support to RECOGNISE movement with special logo on Q400s
Date: August 13, 2014
Publication: Australian Aviation

A QantasLink Q400 aircraft has been painted with a huge letter R in support of a campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Qantas backs Recognise campaign
Date: August 13, 2014
Publication: news.com.au

QANTAS is supporting a drive to constitutionally recognise the presence of indigenous Australians before European settlement.

Qantas unveils new plane design to support ‘Recognise’ campaign for Constitution to acknowledge Indigenous Australians
Date: August 13, 2014
Publication: Herald Sun

QANTAS is supporting a drive to constitutionally recognise the presence of indigenous Australians before European settlement.

Qantas backs Recognise campaign
Date: August 13, 2014
Publication: The Australian

QANTAS is supporting a drive to constitutionally recognise the presence of indigenous Australians before European settlement.

QantasLink unveils new ‘Recognise’ aircraft livery
Date: August 13, 2014
Publication: Australian Business Traveller

Qantas has unveiled a new regional livery on a QantasLink Dash 8 Q400 aircraft as part of a movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution of Australia

Qantas adds its support to RECOGNISE movement with special logo on Q400s
Date: August 13, 2014
Publication: Australian Aviation

A QantasLink Q400 aircraft has been painted with a huge letter R in support of a campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Qantas launches Recognise campaign
Date: August 13, 2014
Publication: Sky News

Qantas has partnered with the Recognise campaign to include first Australians in the constitution. - See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2014/08/13/qantas-launches--recognise--campaign.html#sthash.UX8aRvRH.dpuf

Qantas backs Recognise campaign
Date: August 13, 2014
Publication: news.com.au

QANTAS is supporting a drive to constitutionally recognise the presence of indigenous Australians before European settlement.

Qantas puts wings under Recognise campaign
Date: August 13, 2014
Publication: The Australian

QANTAS will today join the movement to constitutionally ­recognise Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders by unveiling the campaign’s logo in the livery of a new QantasLink Q400 aircraft.

Ian Smith: Tony Abbott’s decision to abandon changes to the Racial Discrimination Act should be welcomed
Date: August 6, 2014
Publication: The Adelaide Advertiser

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott’s decision to abandon changes to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is a sign of strong leadership and a further indication that his Government is maturing.

Nova Peris urges Tasmanians to have say in changing Constitution to recognise indigenous Australians
Date: August 6, 2014
Publication: The Hobart Mercury

LABOR Senator Nova Peris is encouraging Tasmanians to make their voices heard on the journey to a referendum on changing the Constitution to recognise indigenous Australians.

Nova Peris urges Tasmanians to have say in changing Constitution to recognise indigenous Australians
Date: August 6, 2014
Publication: Herald Sun

LABOR Senator Nova Peris is encouraging Tasmanians to make their voices heard on the journey to a referendum on changing the Constitution to recognise indigenous Australians.

Nova Peris calls constitution ‘white fella rulebook’, makes impassioned plea for recognition
Date: August 5, 2014
Publication: ABC

Nova Peris has told the Garma Festival in East Arnhem Land that constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people will have to become a cause for white Australians, not just Indigenous people.

Bring our people in from the cold
Date: August 5, 2014
Publication: The Australian

TWELVE months ago, as he welcomed to Garma a relay of Australians campaigning for constitutional recognition for First Australians, Djunga Djunga Yunupingu — a senior Gumatj man said: “It is the right time, and the right thing to do. Don’t wait five or ten years, otherwise some of us will be old or gone.”

Nova Peris calls constitution ‘white fella rulebook’, makes impassioned plea for recognition
Date: August 5, 2014
Publication: ABC News

Nova Peris has told the Garma Festival in East Arnhem Land that constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people will have to become a cause for white Australians, not just Indigenous people.

Hawke supports first Australians
Date: August 4, 2014
Publication: Sky News

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke has thrown his support behind constitutional recognition of first Australians. It comes decades after he called for a treaty to unite the nation.

Vote a change to ‘whitefella rule book’
Date: August 4, 2014
Publication: SBS

In 1956 promising boxer Les Davison, of the Dharawal people of Botany Bay, reached the qualifying round to represent Australia in the Melbourne Olympics, but was told to lose the match.

Making good his Indigenous recognition promise shaping up as a major challenge for Abbott
Date: August 4, 2014
Publication: The Conversation

One of Tony Abbott’s best and boldest election promises was for a referendum to recognise Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution.

Constitutional change up to ‘whitefellas’
Date: August 4, 2014
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

Australia's constitution is a "whitefella rule book" and changing it to recognise indigenous people must come from the rule makers, Senator Nova Peris says.

Indigenous constitutional recognition would ‘be a spear to the heart of racists’
Date: August 2, 2014
Publication: The Guardian

Indigenous affairs minister, Nigel Scullion, says the Coalition will continue working towards securing constitutional change, but the process won’t be fast tracked

Hawke campaigns for indigenous rights
Date: August 2, 2014
Publication: SBS

Former prime minister Bob Hawke remains remains passionate about the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians.

Former PM Bob Hawke pushing for constitutional recognition for Aborigines
Date: August 2, 2014
Publication: 9 News

Bob Hawke considers himself a good campaigner, having won a few in his time, and now he's campaigning for something he wasn't able to achieve while Prime Minister - constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/2014/08/02/21/56/bob-hawke-pushes-for-constitutional-recognition-for-aborigines#Zd1pWziy1A1USkqo.99

Constitutional Recognition: A Referendum on the Horizon
Date: July 31, 2014
Publication: 2SER Breakfast

Paul Kildea Lecturer, Faculty of Law; Referendums Project Director at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW spoke to 2SER Breakfast about the progress of the movement. 

Bill Shorten to renew indigenous recognition and closing gap vows
Date: July 31, 2014
Publication: The Australian

BILL Shorten is expected to use a visit to the country’s pre-eminent Aboriginal cultural and policy event, the Garma festival, this weekend to renew Labor commitment to closing the gap and for constitutional recognition of indigenous people.

‘No need to fear’ Recognise constitution plan
Date: July 25, 2014
Publication: The Australian

THE Recognise movement campaigning for constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians has declared that nobody needs to be “fearful or begrudging” about the rare opportunity to change the nation’s founding document.

PM Tony Abbott ‘not for turning on race shift in constitution’, says George Brandis
Date: July 24, 2014
Publication: The Australian

THE Attorney-General, ­George Brandis, has warned those opposed to changing the constitution to recognise indigenous Australians to hold their fire and vowed that his government would not shelve a national vote despite low levels of awareness.

Minister warns constitutional push at risk
Date: July 20, 2014
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion has warned that the push to recognise the first Australians in the nation's founding document could be derailed if proposals for a constitutional ban on discrimination spark a debate about multiculturalism. 

Relay a bid to promote referendum
Date: July 17, 2014
Publication: Cairns Post

CAIRNS has provided the 17,301st kilometre on the road to the recognition of indigenous Australians in the Constitution, with the Far North Queensland leg of the Recognise Relay launched yesterday. 

Recognise puts Tanya at the top in leadership reshuffle
Date: July 16, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Times

The Recognise movement has formally reflected its shared leadership with the promotion of Tanya Hosch to Joint Campaign Director. 

Recognise push in town
Date: July 14, 2014
Publication: Cairns Post

A CAMPAIGN to recognise indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Consittution is coming to Cairns.

Gunyah Gunyah
Date: July 13, 2014
Publication: Djarragun College Boarding News

Stanton and Jonathan were like seasoned dancers at the Recognition Day gathering at Fogarty Park. They, along with senior students and teachers, supported the rally in Fogarty Park of the re-launch of the Journey to Recognition. 

Aboriginal culture recognition long overdue
Date: July 11, 2014
Publication: Border Watch, Mount Gambier

NAIDOC Week is being celebrated nationwide from July 6 to 13. 

Cricket Australia recognises indigenous Australians
Date: July 5, 2014
Publication: Brisbane Times
Alexander Downer urges Aussie expats to back constitutional recognition
Date: June 25, 2014
Publication: SBS

Australia's new high commissioner in London has used one of his first public speeches to back recognition of indigenous people in the constitution.

Recognise Kicks Goals
Date: June 18, 2014
Publication: Koori Mail

More than 17,000 people have signed up to the Recognise movement in just seven days, spurred on by high-profile promotion during the AFL's Indigenous Round and hundreds of National Reconciliation Week events across the country. 

National Reconciliation Week 2014
Date: June 4, 2014
Publication: The Koori Mail

Aboriginal AFL stars past and present were front and centre during National Reconciliation Week, in the lead-up to AFL's Indigenous round, which included a Dreamtime at the 'G' game.

AFL Stars speak out on racism
Date: June 4, 2014
Publication: The Koori Mail

With the AFL's Indigenous Round timed to coincide with National Reconciliation Week, the code's stars have spoken out about racism. 

Nicky Winmar renews his defiant stand against racism
Date: June 4, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Times

It’s one of football’s most famous poses and marked the first defiant stand against racism in the game of AFL.

Gilchrist goes in to bat for Indigenous recognition
Date: June 1, 2014
Publication: The Age

Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist has come out swinging in support of recognising indigenous Australians in the constitution. The 96-Test veteran declared his support for the Recognise campaign on Saturday at a Myer Music Bowl concert marking the 10th anniversary of The Long Walk.

Concerns for changes to RDA
Date: June 1, 2014
Publication: Sky News

'We're going to continue to focus on the work of constitutional recognition and dealing with discrimination in and out of the constitution. '(Recognition and the proposed changes to the RDA) are not the same thing.'

The Saints Proudly Support Recognise
Date: May 30, 2014
Publication: The St Kilda Football Club

The St Kilda Football Club has joined the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Famous footballer Nicky Winmar takes a stand against racism once again
Date: May 29, 2014
Publication: The Herald Sun

IT’S one of footy’s most famous poses and marked the first defiant stand against racism in the game. Twenty-one years after Nicky Winmar stood tall at Victoria Park, the St Kilda legend has backed a campaign calling for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution.

Dodson calls for Discrimination Act changes to be dropped
Date: May 28, 2014
Publication: Gatton Star

SENIOR indigenous leader Pat Dodson has called on the Abbott government to retain the Racial Discrimination Act as is, and urged action on constitutional recognition of Australia's first peoples.

Richmond celebrates VFL Dreamtime match
Date: May 28, 2014
Publication: Richmond Football Club

For the first time, Richmond and Essendon will extend its celebrations of Indigenous Round to the VFL, during their Saturday afternoon clash at the ME Bank Centre, Punt Road Oval.

Adam Goodes wants tough talk on recognition
Date: May 28, 2014
Publication: The Australian

As the AFL throws its weight behind the campaign to win constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians, Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes said yesterday there were “uncomfortable conversations” to be had.

Pat Dodson calls for Constitutional change
Date: May 28, 2014
Publication: Sky News

Professor Patrick Dodson has spoken out about the hurt that racial discrimination causes. Speaking to Sky News, the long-time campaigner for Indigenous reconciliation said racial discrimination is a 'heinous thing'.

Indigenous leader Patrick Dodson wants “modest protections” against “foul racial abuse”
Date: May 28, 2014
Publication: ABC News

Indigenous leader Patrick Dodson has taken aim at the Federal Government's proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act in a rare public speech.

Crows celebrate Indigenous Round
Date: May 27, 2014
Publication: Adelaide Football Club

The Adelaide Football Club is proud to be celebrating Indigenous Round at Adelaide Oval on Sunday. It will be the Club’s first home match in Indigenous Round for nine years. Fewer than 1,000 public tickets remain for the game against Gold Coast.

AFL gets behind Indigenous recognition
Date: May 27, 2014
Publication: SBS

The AFL has become the first major sporting body to formally support constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians.

Recognise in the spotlight
Date: May 27, 2014
Publication: Sydney Swans Online

Adam Goodes hopes this week’s AFL Indigenous Round will build momentum for the Recognise campaign, which aims to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Supporting Constitutional Recognition of the First Australians
Date: May 27, 2014
Publication: Tasmanian Government

The Liberal Government strongly supports the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people as the first Australians.

AFL adds its weight to push for recognition
Date: May 27, 2014
Publication: The Australian

THE AFL will declare its backing for the Recognise campaign to ­acknowledge indigenous Australians in the Constitution and promise to promote it through every game in round 11 of the premiership season.

Ambassador Aldene calls on young people to Recognise This
Date: May 26, 2014
Publication: Torres News

YOUNG Meriam Mer and Bladchula man Aldene Reuben (right) is urging other young Torres Strait Islanders to join him in the RECOGNISE THIS campaign during this National Reconciliation Week.

Many will Recognise This
Date: May 21, 2014
Publication: Koori Mail

The youth campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution - Recognise This - creates mural to spread the word. 

AFL supports indigenous Recognise program
Date: May 15, 2014
Publication: AFL Online

The AFL is supporting the Recognise campaign, which focuses on the push to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s constitution and to ensure there’s no place for racial discrimination in it.

Adam Goodes urges support for constitutional recognition of Indigenous people
Date: May 13, 2014
Publication: Radio Australia

Australian of the Year Adam Goodes has urged fellow Australians to get behind a campaign for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait iIslander people in the constitution.

On the road again: Journey to Recognition
Date: May 1, 2014
Publication: Reconciliation Australia News

The latest leg of the Journey to Recognition took in South West Western Australia, stopping in small towns and regional centres and building support along the way. “It is our generation that has both the responsibility—and also the great privilege— to bring about an historic change that will forge a more unified future together”.

It’s time to recognise Australia’s first chapter
Date: April 30, 2014
Publication: Australian Mosaic

We all take pride in our cultures and family histories. Writing the first Australians' history into our COnstitution is critical to our evolving Australian story being better understood and shared. 

Adelaide Crows show sport has a role to play in promoting the Recognise campaign
Date: April 23, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Times

The Adelaide Football CLub has joined the people's movement to RECOGNISE ABoriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our country's constitution. 

Crows back Recognise
Date: April 23, 2014
Publication: Koori Mail

The Adelaide Crows Football Club has joined the movement to recognise Aborignal and Torres Strait islander peoples in Australia's Constitution. 

David Penberthy: Constitution needs fine-tuning – we owe it to Aboriginal people
Date: April 19, 2014
Publication: Adelaide Advertiser

TWO Saturdays ago while at the football with my family I was approached by a lady who implored me to write a column about the referendum to recognise Aboriginal people in the Australian Constitution, and the comments by Sydney Swans footballer Adam Goodes in support of that campaign.

Don’t let Recognise opponents use Race Act debate to stop us: Hosch
Date: April 16, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Times

Deputy Campaign Director of the Recognise movement, Tanya Hosch has warned proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act proposed by the Federal Government Attorney General, George Brandis should not be allowed to affect the campaign to win support for changes to the Australian constitution to formally recognise Indigenous Australians.

Nova Peris warns Race Act changes could damage Recognise campaign
Date: April 16, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Times

Labor’s first Indigenous Federal Member of Parliament, Nova Peris has accused the Abbott Federal Government of condemning the referendum to acknowledge Indigenous Australians in the Constitution “to failure” by pursuing changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

Young Indigenous Australians ask us to Recognise This
Date: April 15, 2014
Publication: ABC News

The Recognise This campaign is highlighting the injustice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people not being recognised in Australia's constitution.

It’s Time Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander People Were Recognised In The Australian Constitution
Date: April 11, 2014
Publication: BuzzFeed

When the Australian Constitution was created, it completely excluded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Want Change? Sign Up To Recognise This
Date: April 11, 2014
Publication: The Deadly Vibe

Young Yolngu woman Budat Mununggurr is urging all young Australians to get involved in the youth-led movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution and remove discrimination from it.

Crow backs Goodes Constitution call
Date: April 10, 2014
Publication: News.com.au

CROWS legend Andrew McLeod has thrown his support behind a national campaign to recognise indigenous people in the Constitution.

Adelaide Crows and Andrew McLeod join forces to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian Constitution
Date: April 10, 2014
Publication: Perth Now

CROWS legend Andrew McLeod has thrown his support behind a national campaign to recognise indigenous people in the Constitution.

Adelaide Crows and Andrew McLeod join forces to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian Constitution
Date: April 10, 2014
Publication: The Advertiser

CROWS legend Andrew McLeod has thrown his support behind a national campaign to recognise indigenous people in the Constitution.

WE NEED TO FIX THE SILENCE: A story of fairness, respect + inclusion
Date: April 4, 2014
Publication: Birdee Mag Online

In an outstanding new video, BUDAT MUNUNGGURR urges all Australians to join the campaign for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Recognise This pushes for youth engagement in referendum
Date: April 4, 2014
Publication: The Australian

THE seeds of constitutional recognition were planted in Budat Mununggurr’s homeland in East Arnhem Land decades before she was born.

Young people the target for Indigenous recognition crusader
Date: April 3, 2014
Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald

On the banks of the Darling River at Brewarinna in north west NSW, one of the oldest man-made structures on earth can be seen.

The Yarn: Recognise the First People
Date: April 2, 2014
Publication: The Indian Sun

Constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians will be a victory for all of us.

Walking the Talk
Date: April 1, 2014
Publication: Donnybrook-Bridgetown Mail

Walk for Recognition journeyed through Nannup as part of a nation-wide awareness raising campaign to have the Australian Constitution amended to properly recognise Australia's first Indigenous people.

The journey for Aboriginal recognition reaches Albany (video)
Date: March 28, 2014
Publication: GWN7

The first 40,000 years of Australia's history aren't mentioned in the constitution. Now, Indigenous Australians are on a mission to be officially recognised as Australia's first people. Syan Dougherty reports.

John Anderson to head Indigenous recognition review panel
Date: March 28, 2014
Publication: The Australian

FORMER deputy prime minister John Anderson has been recruited to head a panel to conduct a review into public support for indigenous constitutional recognition.

Journey to recognition in the Great Southern
Date: March 27, 2014
Publication: ABC Great Southern WA

The Recognise movement is visiting communities around the country to drum up support for recognising Indigenous people in the constitution.

Recognition Journey on Road Again
Date: March 26, 2014
Publication: Koori Mail

About 30 Fremantle residents turned out to welcome the Journey to Recognition as it re-launched across the nation in a bid to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians recognised in the Constitution. 

Recognition renews its journey to deliver an important message to all Australians
Date: March 26, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Times

The Recognise relay has set off again on its epic journey across Australia, relaunching in Fremantle hosted by Elders from the Whadjuk Noongar community, the Traditional Owners of the region.

Walk for Recognition
Date: March 20, 2014
Publication: Albany Advertiser

Albany residents are invited to join the cause to make historic changes to the Australian Constitution at a community walk next Friday.

Journey to Recognition a continuing success
Date: March 20, 2014
Publication: Everything Bunbury Online

Around 60 people came out in support of the Journey to Recognition walk when it passed through Bunbury last week.

Busselton encouraged to recognise important history
Date: March 14, 2014
Publication: Busselton Mail

A TRAVELLING people’s movement that has ventured around Australia to build community support for constitutional change came to Busselton on Sunday.

Recognise Relay On Road Again
Date: March 14, 2014
Publication: Deadly Vibe

The Recognise relay has set off again on its epic journey across Australia, relaunching this week in Fremantle hosted by Elders from the Whadjuk Noongar community, the traditional owners of the region.

Aboriginal cultural centre pushes for recognition
Date: March 11, 2014
Publication: NITV News

Fremantle has a new aboriginal cultural centre. The Recognise Campaign joined forces with the WA city to open the project. Recognise has been pushing for constitutional recognition since May last year.

Great Opening of Freo Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Date: March 10, 2014
Publication: Freo's View Wordpress

What a fantastic event the opening of the Fremantle Wanju Nrdja Whadjuk Boodja Aboriginal Cultural Centre at Arthur Head was this morning. Hundreds of Freo people turned up to be part of the celebrations and the RECOGNISE tour for constitutional recognition.

Campaign marches to memorial park
Date: March 6, 2014
Publication: South Western Times

A community walk will be held in Bunbury next week as part of the Recognise campaign for the Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

Journey for Aboriginal recognition on the way to Bunbury
Date: March 6, 2014
Publication: Bunbury Mail

“We have always been pushing for recognition for our mob and for equality in the community – now it is time for us to be recognised nationally in the constitution.”

Push for recognition
Date: March 5, 2014
Publication: Bunbury Mail

"We have always been pushing for recongition for our mob and for equality in the community- now it is time fore us to be recognised nationally in the consitution."

Goodes Declares it’s Time for Recognition
Date: March 5, 2014
Publication: The National Indigenous Times

Australian of the Year Adam Goodes hopes to use the 12 months ahead to continue his leadership against racism, build further support for Constitutional recognition of the First Australains and to back efforts to tackle violence.

Peris to fight for referendum campaign funds
Date: February 19, 2014
Publication: The Australian

LABOR’S first Indigenous MP Nova Peris has vowed to fight for more money in the May budget to be allocated to a bigger awareness campaign for the need to change the constitution to acknowledge aborigines.

We need to own change: Wyatt
Date: February 14, 2014
Publication: The Australian

Ken Wyatt, the country's first Indigenous federal member of parliament, has lashed out at government agencies that fail to engage with Indigenous communities. 

Ignorance evident in flawed argument
Date: February 7, 2014
Publication: The Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga

On February 4, The Daily Advertiser published a letter headlined 'More problems will stem from change', by Stephen Mooney of Bendigo. 

The Attorney-General’s dilemmas
Date: February 4, 2014
Publication: The Canberra Times

Armed with an ambitious political and legal agenda, Brandis faces a testing parliamentary term.

Should the Constitution be amended to recognise Aborigines as Australia’s first people?
Date: February 1, 2014
Publication: Courier Mail, Brisbane

What's the problem? A little change to the Constitution might help unite the nation.

Applause for PM over Indigenous push
Date: January 30, 2014
Publication: Fraser Coast Chronicle

The Prime Minister should be applauded for his Australia Day support of constitutional recognition of this country’s first peoples.

Lessons from the 1967 referendum
Date: January 29, 2014
Publication: AAP Newswire

The Australia of 1967 hanged its last man, nuns caned errant school children, television was black and white and some milkos still used a horse and cart for household deliveries. And Aboriginal Australians didn't count in the national census.

Indigenous recognition still has a way to go
Date: January 28, 2014
Publication: The Age

Adam Goodes, the champion Sydney Swans footballer and Australian of the Year for 2014, carries himself like a man wise beyond his 34 years. He possesses a striking dignity, confidence and determination, yet a faint weariness, too, as though the echoes of past generations rise through him.

Tony Abbott has ‘golden window’ of opportunity on Indigenous recognition
Date: January 28, 2014
Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Abbott's prime ministership presents a ''golden window of opportunity'' to end the silence in the nation's founding document about the first Australians, according to the lawyer chosen to pursue the issue by former prime minister Julia Gillard.

Australia Day needs to encompass all of this country’s history
Date: January 27, 2014
Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald

This year, Australia prepares to commemorate the Anzac centenary. Its legend is etched deep in the nation's psyche. We retell its stories to remind ourselves of the bravery of ordinary Australians in the midst of war.

Political leaders want to right wrongs done to Indigenous Australians
Date: January 27, 2014
Publication: The Australian

TONY Abbott and Bill Shorten have used Australia Day to reaffirm their strong commitment to advancing the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians as soon as possible.

Most want original cultures celebrated
Date: January 25, 2014
Publication: The Australian

A MAJORITY now say it is important to recognise and celebrate the contribution of Indigenous Australians as something that makes the country unique.

Sydney Swans champion and Indigenous leader Adam Goodes named 2014 Australian of the Year
Date: January 25, 2014
Publication: The Herald Sun

NEWLY crowned Australian of the Year Adam Goodes says Australia needs to continue the fight against racism. "I'm so grateful for this award and this honour, however ... the ultimate reward is when all Australians see each other as equals and treat each other as equals," Goodes said after accepting the award in Canberra.

Adam Goodes pushes for Indigenous recognition ahead of Australia Day
Date: January 25, 2014
Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald

Australian of the Year Finalist, football superstar Adam Goodes, sees Australia Day as a survival story and a chance to celebrate his Aboriginal culture.

Push intensifies for Indigenous recognition in the Constitution
Date: January 24, 2014
Publication: The Guardian

The Indigenous leader charged with building community consensus to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution says the issue should be dealt with in this term of government, and considered separately from the next federal election.

Constitutional change will make Australia a more honest country
Date: January 22, 2014
Publication: National Indigenous Times

This year I'll turn 65. I've outlived my dad, who died at 49 and my oldest brother, who also died at 49. I've outlived three other siblings and a niece and two nephews. 

Indigenous recognition vote likely
Date: January 2, 2014
Publication: The West Australian

WA Liberal MP Ken Wyatt welcomed the Prime Minister's declaration in his new year's message that he would "start the conversation" this year on recognition.

Commitment to Indigenous recognition in Constitution welcomed
Date: January 2, 2014
Publication: ABC Perth

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has used his New Year's Day message to highlight his support for recognising Indigenous Australians in the constitution.

Peris, Wyatt their people’s first
Date: December 6, 2013
Publication: The Australian

For the first time in the nation's history, two Aborigines will head a parliamentary committee after Labor nominated Nova Peris to be deputy chair of a panel charged with delivering a referendum to change the Constitution to recognise Indigenous Australians.

Recognition journey visits Merredin
Date: December 3, 2013
Publication: Merriden-Wheatbelt Mercury

The Journey to Recognition recently visited Merredin after walking, kayaking, driving and cycling more than 10,000 kilometres across Australia in the name of recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution.

Youth campaign for Indigenous recognition reaches Perth
Date: December 2, 2013
Publication: NITV News

The Recognise Youth Program celebrated the completion of their 16,000 kilometre journey with a symbolic walk along the West Australian coastline of Cottesloe Beach on Sunday.

In the beginning there was…
Date: December 2, 2013
Publication: The West Australian

Liberal Steve Irons and Labor's Melissa Parke say it's time to recognise Indigenous people in the Constitution.

Another step towards reconciliation
Date: December 2, 2013
Publication: The Australian

SITTING on my office desk is a file created by the Office of Native Affairs. It tells the story, in great detail, of the life of my grandmother and her baby son, my father. It is a file that carries great emotion for me. It tells a story of government control over the life of people considered by officialdom to be "half caste".

Ben Wyatt, MP son of Stolen Generations father, calls for national change
Date: December 2, 2013
Publication: The Australian

WEST Australian politician Ben Wyatt grew up not knowing that his Aboriginal father Cedric, a man always suspicious of government, was taken away from his mother as a baby and brought up in institutions.

Beach steps towards recognition
Date: December 2, 2013
Publication: The West Australian

"I know who I am. I'm a Yamatji man from the Mid West of Western Australia . . . but in the Constitution, I'm still a 'native'."  With those words, actor and activist Ernie Dingo led hundreds of people in a rally at the Cottesloe foreshore to support recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.

Relay carries Indigenous message
Date: November 29, 2013
Publication: The West Australian

Sunday marks the arrival in Perth of the Recognise relay, in which walkers, cyclists, swimmers, surfers, runners and paddlers have travelled 16,000km around the nation since May.

Recognise This “its the right thing to do”
Date: November 28, 2013
Publication: Birdee Mag Online

One of my fondest memories is of my Pop taking me home to the Aboriginal settlement outside of Condobolin. Down at the Murie, Pop would show us the creek where he went fishing, the spots where my Nan Billie and Pop Guy lived, and the bush where the old people hid from the police to play cards

Tony Abbott taps Ken Wyatt for Indigenous referendum
Date: November 26, 2013
Publication: The Australian

Ken Wyatt, the nation's first lower house Aboriginal MP, has met Tony Abbott and accepted the appointment as chairman of the committee to deliver a referendum to change the Constitution to recognise Indigenous Australians, arguing it sends a powerful message to Aborigines that their input matters.

On a Journey to Recognition
Date: November 23, 2013
Publication: Kalgoorlie Miner

The Journey to Recognition rolled out of Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Thursday following four days of promoting their cause in the community.

Please recognise us
Date: November 23, 2013
Publication: The Post

Dylan Collard is proud to be part of one of the longest living culture in the world. The young Aboriginal law student hopes lots of people join him at north Cottesloe next weekend in a bid to get Indigenous Australians recognised in the Constitution.

Push for constitutional change continues
Date: November 15, 2013
Publication: SBS

With the arrival of the 44th federal Parliament comes the call for constitutional recognition of Indigenous people in Australia.

Constitutional recognition ‘big issue’
Date: November 13, 2013
Publication: News.com.au

Prominent Indigenous rights leader Noel Pearson sees Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians as the looming "big issue" for the nation.

Indigenous recognition: Tony Abbott seeks change ‘in this parliament or next’
Date: November 12, 2013
Publication: The Guardian

At welcome to country ceremony PM says he will push for a change in the constitution – but gives himself wiggle room.

Abbott keen to address old wrongs
Date: November 6, 2013
Publication: The Australian

Tony Abbott has enshrined two cultural and symbolic goals for his prime ministership that reveal how he will mobilise his conservative philosophy to unite the nation's past and future. The first is the constitutional referendum to recognise Aborigines as the first Australians, with Abbott pledged to a draft amendment for debate within 12 months of taking office.

Another step towards recognition
Date: October 30, 2013
Publication: North West Telegraph

Representatives from a movement to recognise Indigenous people in Australia's Constitution visited Hedland last week. 

New film to highlight 1967 referendum, push for future change
Date: October 30, 2013
Publication: The Wire

Pete Dawson, Youth Campaign Coordinator and Nick Waterman, Writer and Director of Vote Yes film speak to The Wire about the film which follows a family as they head to the polls in the 1967 referendum.

Youth can help change the Constitution
Date: October 30, 2013
Publication: The Wire

Youth Campaign Coordinator for Recognise This, Pete Dawson and Elle Price, Indigenous and Community Engagement Officer for the Australian Electoral Commission speak to The Wire about the importance of youth in the Recognise campaign.

Sydney Swans’ Adam Goodes named as Qantas first Aboriginal ambassador
Date: October 28, 2013
Publication: The Drum

Adam Goodes will work with Qantas in the Recognise Campaign, working towards a referendum to include Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.

Two of us
Date: October 12, 2013
Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald

Ben Bowen, 32, is a Wiradjuri man and his boss, Sean Appoo, 45, is a Kalkadoon man. They run a bike project at The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Sydney's Redfern. "We rode from Alice Springs to Katherine on the Journey to Recognition for Aboriginal people in the Constitution. It was 1200 kays in 10 days and he was just pounding the miles out."

Representing their nation, yet still unrecognised
Date: October 12, 2013
Publication: The Australian

When football legend and Aboriginal man Michael O'Loughlin sat down to tell the Indigenous All Stars team about the campaign to recognise indigenous Australians in the Constitution, he was met by several confused stares.

Indigenous All Stars: it’s time to Recognise
Date: October 11, 2013
Publication: AFL online

The Indigenous All Stars squad has used its final training session before representing Australia in Ireland to call for the first 40,000 years of Australia's history to be recognised in our nation's Constitution.

Eddie Betts looks sharp as coach Michael O’Loughlin gets political before tour of Ireland
Date: October 11, 2013
Publication: Herald Sun

ADELAIDE recruit Eddie Betts looked lively and was in sparkling spirits as the Indigenous All Stars completed their final run ahead of this month's International Rules Tests in Ireland. But training on Friday became a backdrop to a political statement as head coach Michael O'Loughlin used the session to cast his support behind the Recognise movement.

Indigenous All Stars team to push for all to Recognise
Date: October 11, 2013
Publication: World Footy News
The Indigenous All Stars squad has used its final training session before representing Australia in Ireland to call for the first 40,000 years of Australia’s history to be recognised in our nation’s Constitution.
 
Relay rolls through Northern Territory in support of changes to Constitution
Date: October 9, 2013
Publication: Katherine Times

The Journey to Recognition rolled through Katherine on the weekend. The epic relay across the country aimes to build momentum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia's Constitution.

Halls Creek says it’s time to Recognise
Date: October 9, 2013
Publication: Halls Creek Herald

Around 50 locals from Halls Creek surrounds were in town on Sunday to be part of the movement to recognise Aboriginal people in Australia's Constitution. 

Dan Sultan’s ‘Back To Basics’ Tour Will Support Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Recognition
Date: October 3, 2013
Publication: Noise11

Dan Sultan is touring in support of the Rock For Recognition movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Constitution.

Recognition of Aborigines in Constitution ‘a priority’
Date: October 3, 2013
Publication: The Australian

THE Attorney-General, George Brandis, has declared that despite being a constitutional conservative, he has an "open mind" about the way the Constitution should be altered to recognise indigenous Australians, vowing to have a form of words settled by July next year.

Campaigners ride wave of support for recognition
Date: October 3, 2013
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

There are no waves at Wave Hill, 800 kilometres south of Darwin, on the edge of the Tanami Desert. Far from the ocean, it seemed a strange place to bring a surfboard. But that is what campaigners for the recognition of indigenous Australians in the constitution did this week when they rolled into the community of Kalkarindji.

Journey for Indigenous Recognition
Date: September 25, 2013
Publication: The Australian

For years, Priscilla Collins' grandmother needed a permit to enter Alice Springs, her home town. As a half-white, half-Aboriginal girl, she was removed from her mother and sent to be a domestic cleaner in Adelaide. "Like many Aboriginal people, my family history reflects important parts of our nation's story," Ms Collins says.

Change Constitution to recognise Indigenous: Giles
Date: September 25, 2013
Publication: NT News

If conservatives claim a special place in safeguarding the country's heritage and traditions, they have a special responsibility to back Indigenous recognition in the Australian Constitution.

Aboriginal voices are the real key to change
Date: September 24, 2013
Publication: The Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Abbott wants to be Australia's first ''Prime Minister for Aboriginal affairs''. He has allocated his own department responsibility for Aboriginal policy and service delivery. He also said that he wanted his first day in the job to include ''serious discussions on Indigenous issues and, in particular, on ways to advance the recognition referendum''.

A step towards the future, youth strive for reconciliation
Date: September 20, 2013
Publication: News Mail

In its broadest sense ‘reconciliation’ means coming together. In Australia it is the term used to refer to the bringing together of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, or Indigenous, and non-Indigenous Australians. Supporting reconciliation means working to overcome the reasons there is division and inequality between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Indigenous recognition finds overwhelming support
Date: September 2, 2013
Publication: ABC Breakfast Radio- RN

Aden Ridgeway speaks with Fran Kelly on ABC breakfast, after results from ABC's Vote Compass show one of the strongest findings so far is in response to the question relating to whether or not the Australian constitution should recognise Indigenous people as Australia's first inhabitants.

Vote Compass: Most Australians support recognition of Indigenous people as first inhabitants
Date: September 2, 2013
Publication: ABC News

Seventy per cent of respondents to the online policy tool, including a majority of Coalition voters, believe the Constitution should be amended to acknowledge Indigenous Australians as the first inhabitants.

Business must lift its game for First peoples
Date: August 29, 2013
Publication: The Australian

Like many migrants, when I moved to this country 15 years ago I was made to feel very welcome in the Australian community. Isn't it a pity that many of the First Australians still don't experience that same welcome? Many Australians would be shocked that the Constitution does not recognise Indigenous Australians, and specifically retains the possibility of discrimination against people of a specific race.

Mark Yettica-Paulson’s dream for Indigenous recognition
Date: August 29, 2013
Publication: The Australian

Fifty years after Martin Luther King Junior proclaimed "I have a dream'', one of Australia's emerging Indigenous leaders last night used the anniversary to proclaim his own dream for the formal recognition of his people in the Constitution.

Indigenous recognition campaigners reach Arnhem land
Date: August 10, 2013
Publication: The Age

Campaigners for the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the nation's founding document have launched a new push to harness the energy of young people for change.

Walking for a referendum
Date: August 8, 2013
Publication: The Wire

Deputy Campaign Director for Recognise, Tanya Hosch and Greens Senator, Rachel Siewert talk to the Wire about the movement that more the 150,000 Australian's are supporting to remove racial discrimination and acknowledge the First Australians in the Constitution.

Call for leaders to reunite
Date: August 7, 2013
Publication: The Australian

The campaign for constitutional recognition of Indigenous people will today urge political leaders to reunite as soon as the election is over.

It’s time for Indigenous Recognition
Date: August 5, 2013
Publication: The Australian

More than a century after Federation, Indigenous peoples still aren't recognised in the Australian Constitution and it's time for that to change, says Aboriginal academic Mick Dodson.

Journey to recognition rolls through Katherine
Date: July 23, 2013
Publication: ABC Rural

Riders from the 'Journey to Recognition' relay speak about their experiences in the Northern Territory.

Indigenous recognition relay goes bush
Date: July 23, 2013
Publication: ABC Rural

Ten cyclists have travelled almost 1200 kilometres, from Alice Springs to Katherine, in the latest stage of the Journey to Recognition relay.

Peddling a message of constitutional reform
Date: July 20, 2013
Publication: The Australian

VENTURING through Australia's red centre on a bicycle is not for the faint-hearted. Unpredictable weather, deadly wildlife and a limited access to amenity is daily fare.

Hopes for change alive at nation’s heart
Date: July 8, 2013
Publication: The Australian

AS the desert sun sinks through the spinifex, a dozen people pause to watch the sunlight up the red rock of Uluru. The sunset's kaleidoscope of colours is a long-anticipated milestone for the group, which has marched 2300km for the cause of Aboriginal recognition since a cold Melbourne morning in May.

Journey Seeks Recognition
Date: July 5, 2013
Publication: The Weekender Herald

Australia's Journey to Recognition campaigners arrived in Mount Barker last Friday on their mission to build community support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Students learn to ‘Recognise’
Date: July 3, 2013
Publication: Border Chronicle

WHILE learning related subjects in class, two Tatiara primary schools benefited from the recent visit by the Journey to Recognition group of walkers.

Journey to Recognition
Date: July 1, 2013
Publication: 101.5FM Radio Adelaide

Radio Adelaide speaks to Deputy Campaign Director Tanya Hosch about the Journey to Recognition that reached Adelaide over the weekend.

Gavin Wanganeen reflects on his Indigenous history ahead of the Journey to Recognition march tomorrow
Date: June 29, 2013
Publication: The Advertiser

A few years ago, I went to the west coast of South Australia to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the local footy club at Koonibba where my great-grandfather played.I remember thinking that a century was a long time, and it is. But compared to the tens of thousands of years that Aboriginal people have lived in this land, it's a blink of an eye.

AFL club Port Adelaide tackles recognition
Date: June 29, 2013
Publication: The Australian

INDIGENOUS pride has taken a leap forward with resurgent AFL club Port Adelaide becoming the country's first major sporting organisation to officially campaign for constitutional recognition for Aborigines.

Walking for recognition
Date: June 26, 2013
Publication: The Murray Valley Standard

More than 80 people gathered in Murray Bridge to show their support for a group of people walking from Victoria to Adelaide in support of constitutional recognition for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islander.

A Journey to recognition experience
Date: June 21, 2013
Publication: The Stawell-Times News

REGION - Being handpicked by Wadawurrung elder Uncle Bryon Powell to accept a gift of white ochre was one of the most moving and incomparable experiences of my life.

Journey to Recognition
Date: June 14, 2013
Publication: The Ararat Advertiser

ARARAT - The Ararat community showed plenty of support to three dedicated campaigners who past through town as part of Australia's Journey to Recognition, a marathon walk across the country to raise support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Nation mourns loss of Yothu Yindi front man
Date: June 3, 2013
Publication: ABC news

Former lead singer of Midnight Oil and federal Minister, Peter Garrett, says Constitutional recognition of Indigenous people is now crucial.

It’s a step forward: Moneghetti
Date: June 1, 2013
Publication: The Australian

IT was a week marked by racist comments from surprising sources, prompting public handwringing about where Australia stood and how far we still had to go.

Let’s join hands to eradicate a historical wrong
Date: June 1, 2013
Publication: The Australian

THERE are issues that are simply above partisan politics. Recognising indigenous Australians in our Constitution is one such issue.

A change is gonna come
Date: May 31, 2013
Publication: The Hoopla

In his civil rights anthem A Change is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke once sang of being born down by the river. My great aunty used to tell me she was too. She doesn’t know what year that was, because her birth was never recorded.

Journey of Recognition coming to Ararat
Date: May 31, 2013
Publication: Ararat Advertiser

ARARAT - Ararat will welcome Australia's Journey to Recognition on Tuesday as part of the epic relay across the nation to raise community support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Twists and turns on the path to recognition
Date: May 30, 2013
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

As Reconciliation Week comes to a close again, I have mixed feelings of hope and sadness about how far this nation has come and how far we still have to go.

Big welcome for Recognise walkers at M.A.D.E
Date: May 30, 2013
Publication: Ballarat Courier

WALKERS making their way across the country in support of constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians were given a cheering welcome as they came to Ballarat yesterday.

On the Road to Recognition
Date: May 29, 2013
Publication: 101.5FM Radio Adelaide

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still not recognised in the Australian Constitution as the first Australians, which could allow states to ban people from voting based on their race.

Indigenous Australians seek constitutional recognition as original inhabitants
Date: May 28, 2013
Publication: ABC Radio Australia

This week is National Reconciliation Week in Australia, and this year the annual celebrations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and tradition take on additional significance as momentum gathers for constitutional change to recognise Australia's first peoples in the country's Constitution.

Journey to Recognition: Relay walk gathers recognition in west
Date: May 28, 2013
Publication: Maribyrnong and Hobsons Bay Weekly

THE journey for constitutional recognition of the first Australians took its first bold step into Footscray last Sunday.

Campaign for Indigenous recognition – the next step
Date: May 27, 2013
Publication: The Courier

Constitutional referendums don’t often get up in Australia, but there’s one that sticks out at which people overwhelmingly voted ‘yes’. The year was 1967, the Beatles were top of the charts and more than 90 per cent of voters opted to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census.

Campaign for indigenous recognition – the next step
Date: May 27, 2013
Publication: Ballarat Courier

CONSTITUTIONAL referendums don’t often get up in Australia, but there’s one that sticks out at which people overwhelmingly voted ‘yes’. The year was 1967, the Beatles were top of the charts and more than 90 per cent of voters opted to amend the constitution to include Aboriginal people in the census.

UN says constitutional recognition overdue
Date: May 27, 2013
Publication: ABC News

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has backed calls to recognise Australia's first people in the constitution.

Indigenous leader fights for constitutional recognition
Date: May 27, 2013
Publication: ABC News

A Queensland Indigenous leader says she will use to a visit to Townsville to rally support for changes to the constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Abbott catches a wave of support
Date: May 27, 2013
Publication: The Age

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has recommitted himself to help secure the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the constitution, saying the issue is ''too important to turn into a political football''.

Yes vote will mean no more lost Australians
Date: May 27, 2013
Publication: The Australian

FOR Peter Dawson, 22, it is not about his past, it's about the future. One of just three Aboriginal pupils in his school year in Fremantle, he grew up listening to Australia's first peoples being mocked in playground jokes.

Journey of Recognition relay begins
Date: May 27, 2013
Publication: The Guardian Australia

AFL legend Michael Long takes first steps of walk that aims to build support for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians

First steps on long road to recognition
Date: May 27, 2013
Publication: The Australian

THE journey to recognise Aboriginal people in the Constitution has begun in the shadow of racism, with an online anti-racism campaign featuring video of Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes forced to shut down its public comments after it was bombarded with racist abuse.

Now it’s about ‘bringing indigenous into the fold’
Date: May 27, 2013
Publication: The Age

When Michael Long set off on the first Long Walk, it was more or less a solo effort, driven by despair after attending too many indigenous funerals. It started small and grew into a clarion call for national action.

Tanya Hosch: adoption, dislocation and the fight for recognition
Date: May 27, 2013
Publication: The Guardian Australia

The woman driving the campaign for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians discusses her family and her motivation

Abbott promises indigenous recognition
Date: May 26, 2013
Publication: Sky News

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has pledged to complete the journey for acknowledgement of indigenous Australians in the constitution. A nationwide relay began in Melbourne on Sunday to raise awareness about constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians.

Renewed push to recognise Indigenous Australians in Constitution
Date: May 26, 2013
Publication: ABC News

The Government says it will not call a referendum on recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution until it can be sure the vote will be successful.

Healing journey for indigenous recognition
Date: May 26, 2013
Publication: Herald Sun

A NATIONWIDE "journey of healing" to achieve constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians has begun in Melbourne - but one obstacle may still be the voters themselves.

Abbott to complete constitutional journey of recognition for indigenous
Date: May 26, 2013
Publication: The Australian

THE long journey to the recognition of Aboriginal people in the Constitution has begun, with hundreds of people joining former AFL legend Michael Long to take the first symbolic steps along Melbourne's Yarra River.

Next step is for Australia to leave race behind
Date: May 25, 2013
Publication: The Australian

INDIGENOUS affairs in Australia is like a pendulum swinging from one political extreme to the other.

Long walk to recognition starts with a single contentious step
Date: May 25, 2013
Publication: The Australian

The last time Michael Long began a journey for change, nine years ago, he was off and walking before anyone knew it, leaving the politicians to scramble in his wake. This weekend, Long will step out again, taking the first symbolic steps in a new campaign for the constitutional recognition.

Recognise this: reform will bind us as a nation
Date: May 25, 2013
Publication: The Weekend Australian

James Hird tells The Weekend Australian "I think it's essential that Aboriginal people are recognised in a positive way in the Constitution, they are a huge part of our history and I am surprised that they are not recognised in our Constitution."

Relay for recognition to start Sorry Day
Date: May 25, 2013
Publication: National 9 News

AFL legend Michael Long will kick-off a nation-wide relay in Melbourne on Sunday to raise awareness about constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Next step is for Australia to leave race behind
Date: May 25, 2013
Publication: The Australian

Noel Pearson says Constitutional reform would be a guarantee of inclusion in the nation, finally, as equal citizens. This is a great, nation-changing opportunity. Australia can lead the world in rising above "race" and racial divides.

It’s time to finally fix our Constitution to add Aboriginal recognition
Date: May 25, 2013
Publication: The Australian

Michael Long met with The Australian to talk about Constitutional Recognition. Back in my playing days my coach Kevin Sheedy had a saying: "We're going to keep chipping away at this and getting it right." I reckon that applies just as much today to something else close to my heart. And that is fixing a gap in Australia's Constitution.

Canberra steps up for recognition
Date: May 24, 2013
Publication: Canberra Times

WANT to be part of a great historic quest? Come and be inspired as three impressive local women share their energy and excitement at being part of the movement to recognise the first Australians in our constitution.

Campaign for Indigenous recognition in the Constitution
Date: May 24, 2013
Publication: ABC Breakfast Radio- RN

Fran Kelly speaks to Aden Ridgeway, spokesperson for the Recognise Constitutional Recognition movement about the upcoming Journey to Recognition.

Senator Aden Ridgeway speaks to ABC Radio PM
Date: May 24, 2013
Publication: ABC Local Radio

The former Democrats and Indigenous senator, Aden Ridgeway, speaks to Samantha Hawley for ABC News PM program.

Recognition ‘will help to close the gap’
Date: May 24, 2013
Publication: The Australian

Recognising First Australians in the Constitution will help close the Indigenous disadvantage gap and herald a new era of formal national unity.

Indigenous leaders rally for recognition
Date: May 24, 2013
Publication: The Australian

Veteran activist Lowitja O'Donoghue, who remembers well the campaign for the 1967 referendum, is urging a new generation of Australians to push for recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians in the Constitution.

Melbourne to Nhulunbuy: The journey to recognition
Date: April 17, 2013
Publication: Community and Public Sector Union

A massive relay from Melbourne to Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory starts this May, with participants walking, cycling, driving and paddling their way north in support of the growing campaign for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Recognition a step toward closing Indigenous health gap
Date: April 8, 2013
Publication: Australian Medicine Online

Constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples and their cultures could help close the health gap between Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders and the rest of the community, according to the Australian Medical Association.

Referendum race against time
Date: April 7, 2013
Publication: ABC TV News SA

Advocates for the recognition of Indigenous people in the Constitution are concerned there may not be enough time to garner support before the time for a referendum expires.

‘Recognise’ breaks down barriers
Date: April 3, 2013
Publication: Southern Highland News

Gibbergunyah Aboriginal Association, working with the Wingecarribee Reconciliation Group, attracted about 200 people to the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples event.

Indigenous recognition in SA constitution
Date: March 26, 2013
Publication: SBS News

The SA Parliament has passed a Bill recognising past injustices and acknowledging Indigenous citizens as the first owners and occupiers of the state.

Abbott’s quest for Constitutional inclusion
Date: March 24, 2013
Publication: Eureka Street

In the field of Aboriginal affairs, a referendum proposed by an Abbott government would be more likely to win support from the parliamentary Opposition than one proposed by a current Labor government.

Murdi Paaki members meet on constitutional recognition
Date: March 20, 2013
Publication: The Cobar Weekly

Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly members met at the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club last Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, including constitutional recognition.

Abbott vows to engage
Date: March 15, 2013
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott will vow that ''a new engagement with Aboriginal people'' will be one of the hallmarks of an incoming Coalition government from ''day one'' if it wins this year’s federal election.

Tony Abbott’s reconciliation pledge
Date: March 15, 2013
Publication: The Australian

Tony Abbott will today promise an incoming Coalition government will put forward for consultation, within 12 months of winning office, a draft constitutional amendment recognising Aboriginal people.

Journey to Recognition coming to Bunbury
Date: March 11, 2013
Publication: Everything Bunbury Online

Recognition campaigners will be coming to Bunbury tomorrow as part of the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the constitution.

Recognise campaign gains pace
Date: February 26, 2013
Publication: The Koori Mail

Almost half of all Australians are now aware of the push to recognise Indigenous people in the Constitution. 

Statewide Mornings with Leon Compton
Date: February 21, 2013
Publication: ABC Radio Hobart

Tim Gartrell, Campaign Director for the proposed constitutional referendum for the recognition of Indigenous Australians told Tasmanian ABC radio listeners that it would be a real boost for Aboriginal people to be able to say to their kids that "we're now recognised in the Constitution".

Support for constitution change
Date: February 20, 2013
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

An overwhelming majority of Australians support changing the constitution to recognise indigenous people as the nation's first inhabitants.

Act of Unity
Date: February 17, 2013
Publication: Insiders ABC

A fantastic montage from Insiders on the ABC about the Federal Parliament introducing a bill to recognise Indigenous Australians in the constitution.

Constitution needs to include Australia’s first chapter
Date: February 14, 2013
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax Media outlets

I was born when Aboriginal people did not have the vote. It wasn't until I turned five that any of us were counted as citizens.

Recognise spokesperson Aden Ridgeway opinion piece.

Long takes first step in second symbolic walk
Date: February 14, 2013
Publication: The Australian

NINE years ago, a despondent Michael Long stepped out to walk to Canberra to talk to a prime minister. As he walked from Melbourne, his thoughts gradually crystallised into the question he would put to John Howard: "Where is the love for my people?"

Parliament to recognise Indigenous Australians
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: Seven News

Seven News update on the passage of the Act of Recognition. 

Indigenous panel member praises bipartisan support
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: ABC NEWS (Television)

Djawa Burarrwanga, a member of the expert panel on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, says bipartisan support for future reform of the constitution is heartening.

The Act of Recognition
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: The Drum TV

Recognise deputy campaign director Tanya Hosch speaks with The Drum about the Act of Recognition and where to now for constitutional recognition. 

Pressure growing for Constitutional recognition of indigenous people
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: ABC Radio - Pacific Beat

Peter Lloyd speaks with Recognise deputy campaign director Tanya Hosch and constitutional change campaigner Jason Glanville about the Act of Recognition. 

Story didn’t begin in 1901
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: The Australian

TO know your history is to know yourself. This is why I am convinced Australia's Constitution should take a longer view of our nation's history. The Australian story did not begin with Federation in 1901. It began with the oldest living culture in history.

Opinion piece of Adam Giles, a minister in the Northern Territory's Country Liberal Party government.

Bipartisan support for indigenous recognition
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: ABC Rural - Bush Telegraph

The House of Representatives has passed an Act recognising Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders as Australia's first inhabitants. Keiren McLeonard speaks with Recognise spokesperson Jackie Huggins.

FEDERAL PARLIAMENT PASSES ACT OF RECOGNITION
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: Radio National Breakfast

Today federal parliament will pass an Act of Recognition which formally recognises the presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia before white settlement. Fran Kelly speaks with Recognise spokesperson Aden Ridgeway.

Recognition a path to constitutional change
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: ABC PM radio

TIM PALMER: Five years to the day after the Australian Parliament delivered an apology to the Stolen Generations the first step's been taken towards constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians in the constitution.

Nation’s ‘wound’ closer to being healed
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: The Age and other Fairfax media

Australia has moved one step closer to recognising its first people in the country's founding document after one of the federal parliament's rare and uplifting moments of unity between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott.

Almost 50 years on, the dream burns still
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: The Age and other Fairfax Media

THERE will be echoes of 1967 in Parliament House on Wednesday when both sides of politics pass legislation that will give momentum to the push to recognise the first Australians in the nation's founding document.

MPs to address racist language in the Australian Constitution
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: ABC AM radio

TONY EASTLEY: It's five years today since Kevin Rudd as prime minister made the landmark apology to Indigenous Australians for the grief, mistreatment and suffering endured since European settlers landed two centuries ago.

Patrick Dodson calls for new wave of crusaders
Date: February 13, 2013
Publication: The Australian

THE father of Australia's long and often difficult road to reconciliation, Patrick Dodson, has challenged a new generation to carry the cause of constitutional recognition of Aborigines.

Country Liberal Supports Reform
Date: January 29, 2013
Publication: theaustralian.com.au

CONSERVATIVE Northern Territory Aboriginal MP Adam Giles has thrown his support behind constitutional reform to recognise indigenous people, but says the suggested model for change "needs work".

Mr Giles, one of the architects of the Country Liberals' election in the Northern Territory, said he had changed his attitude about constitutional recognition and no longer regarded it as a "wet" issue.

Chaney: Indigenous recognition achievable
Date: January 27, 2013
Publication: The Weekly Times Now

SENIOR Australian of the Year, Fred Chaney, is confident Australia is ready to support constitutional recognition of Indigenous people.

Written in the stars: Time is right for recognition
Date: January 27, 2013
Publication: The Australian

The confounding conundrums of the relationship between the descendants of the original Australians who came to this continent up to 60,000 years ago and the descendants of the new Australians who formed the modern nation of Australia have this kind of once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity this year.

Indigenous recognition a crusade: Tony Abbott
Date: January 26, 2013
Publication: The Australian

TONY Abbott is determined that recognising Indigenous people in Australia's Constitution is a "national crusade'' that should be important to everyone

Calls for recognition on Australia Day
Date: January 26, 2013
Publication: Sunrise

While Australia Day is a day of celebration for many people around the country, to Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, the date remains a controversial one.

The Act of Recognition a “downpayment” on constitutional recognition
Date: January 22, 2013
Publication: ABC 24 News Breakfast

Recognise campaign director Tim Gartrell says the Act of Recognition is a "downpayment" on constitutional recognition of Australia's first peoples.

We need a genuine declaration of our identity
Date: November 12, 2012
Publication: www.smh.co.au

The Sydney Morning Herald is the oldest continuously published newspaper in the Southern Hemisphere. Now it has taken up the cause of recognition for the oldest continuing cultures in the world.

We couldn't agree more.

Amid the politics of fear, steps to reconciliation
Date: November 10, 2012
Publication: www.smh.co.au

Micheal Gordon writes that common ground should not be too hard to find.

Mission impossible?: Achieving social justice through constitutional change
Date: October 24, 2012
Publication: The Henry Parkes Foundation

Australia needs to recapture Parkes’ vision for achieving social justice through constitutional reform.

Sultan will tour for recognition
Date: October 17, 2012
Publication: Koori Mail

Musician Dan Sultan is about to embark on a tour he hopes will educate people about the push to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia's Constitution. His message is 'fairly simple'. 

"There's nothing complicated about it. It's about respect and human rights," he told the Koori Mail before performing a show with other artists at Uluru in Central Australia recently.

"The tour is about us not being recognised...it's a disgrace and I don't know what people are scared of." 

The Australian Constitution: it’s the right thing to do
Date: October 17, 2012
Publication: National Indigenous Times

Opinon piece by Tanya Hosch, a Torres Strait Islander woman who lives in Adelaide. She is deputy campaign director for You Me Unity, the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in our Constitution.

Last week I caught up with a mate I’ve known most of my life. His is a story pretty typical for an Aboriginal man of that vintage: grew up on a mission, knew hard times as a kid, worked hard his whole life, never had a lot of spare cash. His main preoccupation these days is making sure that his children and grandchildren are well cared for and have the support they need.

I wondered aloud whether he thought the growing push to recognise our people in Australia’s constitution had any relevance given the challenges he faces each day. His answer was compelling. “I don’t think it’s going to change my life,” he began. “But it’s the right thing to do.”

Time to get serious on recognising Aboriginal rights in the constitution
Date: October 9, 2012
Publication: National Times

The government was right to defer next year's referendum on recognising Aboriginal peoples in the constitution. The referendum faced defeat because our political leaders have not agreed on how the constitution should be changed and the community is largely ignorant of the idea, let alone actively involved.

The government is instead proposing that Parliament pass a short-term ''Act of Recognition'' to acknowledge ''the unique and special place of our first peoples''. This could be a useful interim step, but cannot fix the constitution. Only a referendum supported by the people can do that.

Time for the next step towards a reconciled Australia
Date: June 3, 2012
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

Recognition of the land's first people is vital.

TWENTY years ago today, seven judges filed in to take their seats in the High Court of Australia. The full bench was about to deliver its judgment in an exotic case with a prosaic title, Mabo v Queensland (No. 2). The Meriam people - gardeners, fishers, divers for trochus shell - were claiming native title to three specks of land, Mer (Murray), Dawar and Waier, at the eastern end of Torres Strait. The case had been in the courts for 10 years. The instigator, Eddie Koiki Mabo, who had been ruled out of the case when his adoption was not legally recognised, had died earlier in 1992. But there would be a famous victory for Mabo and the islanders. In a 6-1 majority decision, the court declared that the Murray Islands were not Crown land and that ''the Meriam people are entitled as against the whole world to possession, occupation, use and enjoyment of Mer''.

Mabo’s gift
Date: June 2, 2012
Publication: Sydney Morning Herald

It was the best black day in white Australia's short history, writes Michael Gordon.

Gail Mabo gave birth to a boy she named William the day before she buried her father. Almost six months later, on June 3, 1992, she was breastfeeding her baby outside Kempsey Hospital when she heard the news on ABC radio. Eddie Koiki Mabo's 10-year struggle for justice had succeeded in the High Court.

Australia: ANTaR Urges All Australians To “Talk Recognition”
Date: June 2, 2012
Publication: Indigenous People, Issues and Resources

This National Reconciliation Week, Australia marks two historic anniversaries - 45 years since the 1967 referendum and 20 years since the Mabo decision. To mark this year’s theme, ANTaR urges all Australians to reflect on the importance of recognising the First Peoples in our nation’s founding document.

Oakeshott frees PM of referendum pledge
Date: June 1, 2012
Publication: The Australian

INDEPENDENT MP Rob Oakeshott will not bind Julia Gillard to her promise of holding a referendum on the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians before the next election if "toxic politics" continue to threaten the poll's chances of success.

The regional NSW crossbencher demanded the Prime Minister agree to hold the referendum during this term as a condition of his support for a Labor government.

Perspectives on the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Commonwealth Constitution
Date: May 31, 2012
Publication: The University of Adelaide

On 29 May, Associate Professor Alex Reilly from the Adelaide Law School joined the South Australian Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement, Khatija Thomas, and Professor Elizabeth Handsley of Flinders University in an Australian Association of Constitutional Law seminar considering the You Me Unity Expert Panel proposal for the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Commonwealth Constitution.

Let’s talk constitutional recognition in Reconciliation Week
Date: May 31, 2012
Publication: Diversity Council Australia

Each year from 27 May to 3 June, National Reconciliation Week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. Leading employers are celebrating the week in a variety of ways, including throwing their support behind the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Knowing the Impact – Count Me In: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal People
Date: May 30, 2012
Publication: University of South Australia

Jointly presented by Anglicare SA and The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre and held during SA Reconciliation Week

Anglicare SA is committed to a campaign to educate Australians on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders as Australia's first peoples. An Expert Panel was appointed by the Prime Minister to report on options for this recognition by means of a referendum to change the Constitution.

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Constitutional Recognition Forum: our young people are leading the way
Date: May 30, 2012
Publication: National Centre for Indigenous Excellence

In March, the NCIE welcomed over 75 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to the Centre to take part in a special, history making event.

The Constitutional Recognition Forum for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was supported by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Reconciliation Australia, Qantas and Accor and provided a space for young Indigenous Australians to learn more about Constitutional Recognition and then develop their own youth led campaigns.

Next step for recognition should have been the first
Date: May 26, 2012
Publication: The National Indigenous Times

The Indigenous Peoples Organisations Network of Australia (IPO Network) is recommending that the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) urge the Australian Government to continue to work with Indigenous peoples and the broader Australian community to ensure constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Young indigenous leaders in parly debates
Date: May 23, 2012
Publication:

The next generation of Aboriginal leaders is receiving a crash course in democracy as part of the first National Indigenous Youth Parliament.

Candidates ready for Eden-Monaro Poll
Date: May 22, 2012
Publication: Braidwood Times

While the date of the next Federal election is yet to be decided, the Liberal Party and the Greens have confirmed their candidates to take on sitting member Dr Mike Kelly.

Unions take lead in key Aboriginal vote
Date: May 18, 2012
Publication: The Australian

AUSTRALIAN trade unions have pledged support to take a leadership role in the campaign for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in what is being described as a historic vote.

Unions take lead in key Aboriginal vote
Date: May 18, 2012
Publication: The Australian

AUSTRALIAN trade unions have pledged support to take a leadership role in the campaign for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in what is being described as a historic vote.

Let’s Talk 17th May : Broadcast of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Forum
Date: May 16, 2012
Publication: 98.9 For the Best Country

Tune in to Let’s Talk tomorrow at 9am to hear the forum held in Brisbane on Constitutional reform presented by the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and 98.9fm.  Forum speakers are the Congress co-chairs Les Malezer and Jody Broun and community members Lilla Watson and Mary Graham.

Let’s Talk 17th May : Broadcast of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Forum
Date: May 16, 2012
Publication: 98.9 For the Best Country

Tune in to Let’s Talk tomorrow at 9am to hear the forum held in Brisbane on Constitutional reform presented by the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and 98.9fm.  Forum speakers are the Congress co-chairs Les Malezer and Jody Broun and community members Lilla Watson and Mary Graham.

Australians give nod to indigenous preamble
Date: May 14, 2012
Publication: The Canberra Times

Most Australians want a constitution that recognises indigenous people's special place in the nation's history.

But any words that hint at giving them extra rights will meet resistance, national research suggests.

Race matters: changing the Australian Constitution
Date: May 11, 2012
Publication: Australian Policy Online

CAN THE changes recently recommended by the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples succeed? Or to put it another way, can we repeat the success of 1967, when an overwhelming majority of Australians voted for constitutional change favourable to Aboriginal people? To answer these questions, it’s helpful to put the recent panel’s recommendations in historical perspective.

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our Constitution: Three Perspectives
Date: May 10, 2012
Publication: The University of Adelaide Website

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law is proud to host Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our Constitution – Three Perspectives

Panel discussion: Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: May 9, 2012
Publication: ABC - Radio National

A leading advocate of constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians thinks the government should consider delaying a referendum on the issue until after next year. Mark Leibler, who was co-chair of the expert panel which recommended the referendum, fears it could be caught up in a toxic political environment if it's held with the next election. So what are the prospects of a successful referendum?

Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues Eleventh Session
Date: May 9, 2012
Publication: The United Nations Website

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues today again rang with strong calls on former colonial Governments to reassess their constitutional arrangements and restore the “first nation” status of native peoples, and on the Catholic Church to openly denounce the centuries-old “Doctrine of Discovery”, which many civil society representatives said was the “shameful” root of the humiliation and marginalization indigenous people still suffered today.

Delay urged on Indigenous referendum
Date: May 9, 2012
Publication: The Australian

A REFERENDUM to recognise indigenous Australians in the Constitution should be delayed until after next year because of the "toxicity" that will surround the next federal election, members of the government's expert panel say.

Warning a defeat would devastate the campaign for constitutional recognition, several members of the now-disbanded panel want the government to reconsider its commitment to hold a referendum at or before next year's election.

Panel discussion: Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: May 9, 2012
Publication: ABC Radio National

A leading advocate of constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians thinks the government should consider delaying a referendum on the issue until after next year. Mark Leibler, who was co-chair of the expert panel which recommended the referendum, fears it could be caught up in a toxic political environment if it's held with the next election. So what are the prospects of a successful referendum?

Talks target recognition of indigenous peoples
Date: May 7, 2012
Publication: The Redland Times

THE University of the Third Age Redlands (U3A Redlands) Life in Australia series will present a series of talks to help Redland residents better understand the national discussion about recognising indigenous Australians in the federal constitution, which does not expressly mention Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Sydney, Wollongong & NSW Aboriginal rights events for your diary
Date: May 2, 2012
Publication: Indy Media

Click on the links for details of the events ...

Know the Impact – Count Me In: Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal People
Date: April 30, 2012
Publication:

Anglicare SA is committed to a campaign to educate Australians on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders as Australia's first peoples. An Expert Panel was appointed by the Prime Minister to report on options for this recognition by means of a referendum to change the Constitution.

Referendum’s timing ‘fluid’
Date: April 18, 2012
Publication: The Australian

TIM Gartrell, the new campaign director recruited for the referendum to acknowledge indigenous Australians in the constitution, has revealed the timeframe for holding a national vote is "fluid".

Former ALP National Secretary Tim Gartrell to run indigenous referendum campaign
Date: April 17, 2012
Publication: The Australian

THE ALP's former National Secretary Tim Gartrell will become the campaign director for the "yes" campaign in the referendum to acknowledge indigenous Australians in the constitution.

Victoria’s emerging leaders given an update on Constitutional reform
Date: April 16, 2012
Publication: National Indigenous Times

uccess for constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will rely strongly on support by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Szoke and National Congress of Australia's First Peoples Co-Chair Jody Broun said at a forum for emerging...

Victoria’s emerging leaders given an update on Constitutional reform
Date: April 13, 2012
Publication: Indigenous Leadership Network

Success for constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will rely strongly on support by both Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Helen Szoke and National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples Co-Chair Jody Broun said at a forum for emerging Indigenous leaders in Victoria on Thursday, 29 March.

Communiqué Standing Council on Law and Justice
Date: April 12, 2012
Publication: http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.au

The first meeting of the Standing Council on Law and Justice (SCLJ) for 2012 was held on 12-13 April 2012 in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. The ACT Attorney-General chaired the meeting. The Commonwealth, State and Territory Attorneys-General, the Commonwealth Minister for Home Affairs and Justice and the New Zealand Minister of Justice were in attendance.

Mason Peter writes about the Constitutional Recognition Forum at NCIE
Date: April 4, 2012
Publication: National Centre for Indigenous Excellence

At the next Election, the Federal Government is proposing a Referendum to be held to change the Constitution so it recognises the first peoples of this nation as Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. On March 14 2012, I attended the Constitutional Recognition Forum in Redfern, Sydney. The Forum was held over a period of 4 days at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and consisted of around 70 deadly Indigenous Australians aged 16-25. I was proud to be amongst young leaders, but not just any young leaders – a group of young Indigenous leaders. The main focus of the Forum was about Constitutional Recognition. Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner was inspirational and informative, speaking to us about lateral violence and his experiences as the Commissioner. We also got the chance to listen to speeches given by Jody Braun, Tom Calma, Pat Anderson and Pat Turner.

Council supports constitutional recognition for indigenous peoples
Date: April 3, 2012
Publication: Official Blog for Greens Councillor Samantha Dunn

At the last council meeting I put forward a motion to support the recommendations of the Expert Panel report into Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. I'm pleased to report that the motion was supported unanimously by council.

Government Commissions Local Musicians To Write Indigenous Referendum Song
Date: April 2, 2012
Publication: ToneDeaf

It seems having a rock star like Peter Garrett in cabinet is starting to rub off on some of his colleagues.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, a former lawyer, announced that her department will be spending $44,000 to produce a song and music video to promote the proposed referendum on recognising indigenous people in Australia’s constitution.

Young Aborigines push for`yes’ to recognition
Date: March 29, 2012
Publication:

A NATIONWIDE campaign will be launched today to recruit and train young indigenous people to fight at the grass roots for Aboriginal constitutional recognition.

Constitutional issues on agenda at forum
Date: March 27, 2012
Publication:

YOUNG people from the south-eastern suburbs represented WA this month at a Sydney forum for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders on the topic of constitutional change.

Listen Talk Act: Indigenous Conversations
Date: March 26, 2012
Publication:

Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA) has pleasure in inviting you to Listen Talk Act Indigenous Conversations at:

Ceremony marks right to vote milepost
Date: March 22, 2012
Publication: Macedon Ranges & Sunbury Weekly

KYNETON will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage as part of National Reconciliation Week (May 27-June 3).

A flag-raising ceremony and a traditional 'welcome to country' by elders will be held outside the Kyneton Town Hall at 3.45pm on Monday.

It will be followed by a presentation from Aboriginal leaders and mayor Henry McLaughlin.

Call for delegates to Aboriginal unity government assembly in May
Date: March 22, 2012
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Goodooga, northwest NSW, 22 March 12 -- All Aboriginal nations are being called on to send two delegates to the inaugural assembly of the interim national unity government in Wollongong in May.

Heeding Polding’s Call About Our First People’s
Date: March 19, 2012
Publication:

In 2010, the Commonwealth Government promised to hold a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition at or before the next election. Surely now is the time to act, says Clare Condon SGS.

What’s On – Mary Ward Indigenous Conversations
Date: March 19, 2012
Publication:

Mary Ward International Australia (MWIA) is hosting the next of its Indigenous Conversations next Monday at Loreto Kirribilli in Sydney's lower north shore.

Support the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: March 19, 2012
Publication:

Despite being the first peoples of the country for more than 50,000 years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are still not recognised in the Australian Constitution.

Open letter to the PM from ‘Sovereign Union’ spokesperson
Date: March 18, 2012
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In an 'open letter' to Australia's prime Minister Julie Gillard, Michael Anderson requests an answer as to whether the 1967 referendum to amend section 127 of the Constitution was valid.

Constitutional Reform and Indigenous Peoples
Date: March 17, 2012
Publication:

In 2010, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the federal government would establish an Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. Both the Labor party and the Coalition made commitments to formally recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution during the 2010 federal election.

A Referendum for recognition
Date: March 16, 2012
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The federal Government has agreed to hold a national referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by the time of the next election, due in 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions: About the Australian Constitution
Date: March 16, 2012
Publication:

Towards a successful referendum

Support for constitutional change
Date: March 16, 2012
Publication:

The reference group established to help generate community awareness of how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians could be recognised in the Constitution met for the first time in Sydney today.

Constitutional Reform and Indigenous Peoples
Date: March 16, 2012
Publication:

In 2010, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced that the federal government would establish an Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. Both the Labor party and the Coalition made commitments to formally recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution during the 2010 federal election.

Speech to NCIE Constitutional Recognition Forum
Date: March 15, 2012
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Congress Co-Chair, Jody Broun’s speech to Constitutional Recognition Forum for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians held at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence in Sydney Canberra.

Indigenous Youth Parliament great opportunity for Aboriginal Tasmanians
Date: March 14, 2012
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The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Cassy O’Connor, today encouraged young Aboriginal Tasmanians to become a part of the inaugural National Indigenous Youth Parliament.

YOUNG LEADERS UNITE FOR CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE
Date: March 14, 2012
Publication:

The next generation of Indigenous leaders will gather in Sydney today for a four day youth forum on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Kellerberrin teens invited to national youth forum
Date: March 14, 2012
Publication:

FOUR young people from Kellerberrin have been invited to attend a major national youth forum in Sydney this week.

About Constitutional Recognition
Date: March 12, 2012
Publication:

The Constitution is the founding document of our nation and is the pre-eminent source of law.

Aboriginal Political Party is born to fight injustice
Date: March 9, 2012
Publication:

The Aboriginal Political Party (APP) has been born in South Australia and it has based its first principle on fighting injustice.

Sovereignty – that is our major issue
Date: March 8, 2012
Publication:

he Expert Panel's recommendations to the Federal Government on changes to the Australian Constitution has now morphed into debate about the fundamental issues all Indigenous Australians have fought for ... sovereignty and land rights.

States, Territories won’t commit support just yet
Date: March 8, 2012
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Linda Burney looks set to lead the demands on the Federal Government for significant change to the type of constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Ms Burney, the Deputy Leader of the NSW Labor Opposition and the first Aboriginal woman elected to the NSW State Parliament, has said she wants to see "significant constitutional reform".

Pearson: My 4 steps to winning over Tony Abbott on the Constitution
Date: March 7, 2012
Publication:

Step 1: I'll take Tony on an intimate walk along a pristine Cape York sandy beach

Australians missed an opportunity
Date: March 7, 2012
Publication:

Australians missed a great opportunity to reform the lives of Indigenous people in the wake of Sorry Day, but they can rectify this by saying yes to constitutional change, says the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda.

Abbott shaping as major hurdle to Expert Panel’s recommendations
Date: March 7, 2012
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The Expert Panel's recommendations on changes to the Constitution to acknowledge Indigenous Australians face almost certain defeat unless significantly amended with the Federal Opposition leader, Tony Abbott indicating he would not support the recommended changes relating to racial discrimination.

Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Date: March 7, 2012
Publication:

In a speech to the House of Representatives last week, the member for Lynne Robert Oakeshott called on his fellow MP’s to lend their support to a referendum for the Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Perth to discuss Constitutional Recognition
Date: March 7, 2012
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Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will join MP Ken Wyatt, Fred Chaney and Patrick Dodson tomorrow at the Constitutional Centre of WA to discuss the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, as part of the Curtin Corner discussion series on public policy. 

Constitutional reform to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution
Date: March 5, 2012
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The Australian Constitution does not recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The last few years have seen a growing feeling that the Constitution needs to be brought up to date to reflect the reality of Australia in the 21st century.

Bob Carr: ‘I agree with Tony Abbott’
Date: March 5, 2012
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard anointed former NSW premier Bob Carr as the foreign minister on March 2. It awaits the approval of a joint sitting of NSW parliament but for all intents and purposes, Carr has just been catapulted to the third-highest political post in the land after being out of politics since 2005.

Newslines Radio: Constitutional recognition: Time for change
Date: March 5, 2012
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PRESENTER: Hi, I’m Nathan Ramsay and you’re listening to Newslines Radio, a weekly program produced by the Australian Government on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

Here at Newslines Radio we’ve been following the moves to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution.

The Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples handed its report to the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, in January this year.

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples – Australian Education Union National Conference
Date: February 28, 2012
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For an overwhelming number of our (Congress) members, there is no more important public policy issue before the Australian nation today than realising our desire for justice and for recognition of our continuing cultures by being included in the Australian Constitution.

Chaney hopeful of constitutional change
Date: February 28, 2012
Publication:

A former minister for Indigenous affairs says he's optimistic about the prospects of securing constitutional change to recognise Indigenous Australians.

Former Liberal MP Fred Chaney says the current political climate makes it difficult for the issue to get the attention it deserves but he says both major parties are committed to making a change.

Honours roll in for Darebin’s Indigenous residents
Date: February 28, 2012
Publication:

MORE than a third of those named on Victoria’s inaugural Indigenous Honour Roll have a strong connection to Darebin.

Premier Ted Baillieu and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jeanette Powell have inducted the 20 outstanding citizens on to the roll, acknowledging their significant contributions spanning health, education, the arts, sport and politics.

Push to appoint indigenous leader Warren Mundine to Senate gains momentum
Date: February 28, 2012
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NOEL Pearson and Liberal MP Ken Wyatt have urged Labor to appoint fellow indigenous leader Warren Mundine to Mark Arbib's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat.

Mr Pearson said Mr Mundine could play a decisive role in the debate over constitutional recognition of indigenous people, while Mr Wyatt said he would give Labor a fresh perspective on indigenous policy.

Warren Mundine vows to be a team player if he gets Senate nod
Date: February 28, 2012
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WARREN Mundine vowed yesterday he would be a "team player" if selected by Labor to fill the casual Senate vacancy created by the surprise resignation of Mark Arbib.

Federation Chamber PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: February 27, 2012
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Ms SAFFIN (Page) (20:00): I would like to thank the honourable member for Lyne for putting this motion before the parliament so we can speak to it. I am very familiar with the content of the motion because it is the recommendations from the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Constitutional recognition report presented to USA
Date: February 27, 2012
Publication:

By Leah Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer Reconciliation Australia

This week I travelled to the USA where I presented the Expert Panel’s report Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution to UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Mr James Anaya.

Federation Chamber PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: February 27, 2012
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Mr McCORMACK (Riverina) (19:55): Having the first Australians recognised as part of the Constitution is coalition policy going back many years. The coalition has a proud history of support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Federation Chamber PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: February 27, 2012
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Mr CHRISTENSEN (Dawson) (20:05): As a member of the federal parliamentary National Party, I want to put on record that the Nationals hold the strong belief that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be held in high respect by the community for the special and unique contribution that they have made to the nation, not only in its ancient history but in its current identity and its future prosperity.

Dinner snub for Abbott
Date: February 27, 2012
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Independent MP Rob Oakeshott accused Opposition Leader Tony Abbott ­yesterday of “bleeding” the government, before heading to a ­private meeting with the man he replaced, Malcolm Turnbull.

Support for indigenous Constitutional amendment
Date: February 23, 2012
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THE National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council is backing an indigenous constitutional amendment.

Reconciliation Australia leading the conversation on constitutional recognition
Date: February 23, 2012
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Recognition and reconciliation go hand in hand say Reconciliation Australia co-chairs Melinda Cilento and Tom Calma.

Grassroots campaign to support the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the Constitution.
Date: February 23, 2012
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The people of Page are being invited to join a grassroots campaign to support the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the Constitution.

In August last year the Federal Member for Page,  Janelle Saffin hosted  public consultations in Grafton and Lismore as a member of the panel appointed by the Prime Minister to advise the Government on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people could be recognised in the Constitution.

Councils call on NSW Premier to support Constitutional Recognition of Local Government
Date: February 20, 2012
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Councils in the Eastern Riverina region of NSW have met with the President of the Shires Association of NSW, Cr Ray Donald, in Wagga Wagga today, and are calling on Premier O'Farrell to fully support Constitutional Recognition of Local Government.

James Spigelman calls for rethink on Constitution and ‘people power’
Date: February 20, 2012
Publication:

A RESPECTED judge has called for a major rethink of proposed new powers to create laws with respect to indigenous people.

INDIGENOUS CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION REFERENDUM
Date: February 16, 2012
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The Hon. SHAOQUETT MOSELMANE [4.13 p.m.]: In 2010 the Gillard Labor Government promised to hold a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition by 30 November 2013. To its credit, without imposing any views, the Gillard Government established an expert panel to lead community consultation and report to the Government on possible options for constitutional change that would give effect to Indigenous constitutional recognition.

Statement on Closing the Gap, House of Representatives, Parliament House
Date: February 15, 2012
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I rise with pride to follow the Prime Minister on this occasion and I do congratulate her on a fine speech. And may I say, Mr Speaker, that it is on occasions such as this that our Parliament is at its best because we are discussing a noble objective on which we are all agreed. So, I congratulate the Prime Minister. I congratulate the former Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, for his role and his work. The historic apology was a very significant milestone in our national life and it is appropriate that we remember that on a day such as this.
 
Inroads made in Closing the Gap and achieving Constitutional recognition
Date: February 15, 2012
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard today announced $10 million funding to continue to build public awareness and community support for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Constitutional recognition is a significant step towards recognising the unique and special place of our first peoples.

Upcoming Constitutional Recognition Forum
Date: February 15, 2012
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The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) will be hosting a Constitutional Recognition Forum for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians from the 14th-17th March. The organisation is currently calling for young Indigenous Australians from all around the nation to participate in this valuable experience.

Congress says compromise on recognition ‘inevitable’
Date: February 14, 2012
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THE National Congress of Australia's First Peoples has conceded for the first time that it is inevitable that a compromise on indigenous constitutional recognition will be put to voters at a referendum in order to achieve agreement across the political spectrum.

Apology anniversary: Much good will and hard work, so much more to be done
Date: February 13, 2012
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The peak body for Australia's community and social services sector, ACOSS, is marking today's anniversary of the Commonwealth Government's Apology to the Stolen Generation by urging all levels of governments to make a greater effort to close the enormous gap that still exists between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians.

An Open Letter to the People of Australia
Date: February 13, 2012
Publication:

Download a copy of the joint statement from the Reconciliation Network

On the fourth anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, the Australian Reconciliation Network encourages all Australians to consider carefully the recommendations made by the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

GUEST TRACKER: Constitutional report won’t right past wrongs
Date: February 13, 2012
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NATIONAL: The Expert Panel’s report’s decision to bypass sovereignty and self-determination is a great failing, writes MICHAEL MANSELL*.

Australia’s constitution permits discrimination, marginalizes Aborigines
Date: February 13, 2012
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DARWIN, Australia — Not everyone who lives in Australia's Outback is getting a slice of the unprecedented bounty being created by massive deals to sell natural resources to Asia.

Constitutional recognition ‘powerful’, says Sorry Day committee
Date: February 13, 2012
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THE recognition of indigenous people in the Constitution would be "a powerful and symbolic act" that would stand alongside the 2008 national apology, Stolen Generations representatives have said.

While there is room to improve, the tent embassy has a place
Date: February 11, 2012
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IN SAYING that I have conflicting views about the hustling of Julia Gillard to her car through a cordon of Aboriginal demonstrators and police on Australia Day, I am merely reflecting a genuine confusion many of us feel.

Date: February 10, 2012
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On the 19th of January, the Expert Panel on Constitutional change presented their final report to the Federal Government…which included their recommendations for changes to the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Jody Broun…Co-Chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples was a member of the expert panel.

Strategic Board Meeting to focus on national campaign
Date: February 10, 2012
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ALGA will this month be holding its annual Strategic Board Meeting to develop a 2012 Action Plan and revise the 2011-2014 Strategic Plan.

Much consideration will be given to policy priorities and ALGA’s national campaign for constitutional recognition of local government.

Will constitutional recognition advance Australia fair?
Date: February 10, 2012
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The extremely thorough report of the expert panel examining options to recognise Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian constitution lays out an important project of constitutional modernisation. It is incontestable that any reference to the antiquated notion of “race” should be deleted from the constitution and that any suggestion that the continent was not previously inhabited needs to be rectified. Assuming that the need for these two tasks is accepted, then the recommendations to repeal sections 51 (xxvi) and 25 make sound sense.

ANTaR Victoria’s principled response to the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Reform – full text
Date: February 9, 2012
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ANTaR Victoria supports the recommendations made by the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in its report released on 19th January 2012.

Consider constitution change cautiously.
Date: February 9, 2012
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The concept of recognising indigenous people in the constitution has some merit but must be considered with caution.

There has been some suggestion that traditional law could also be recognised as part of the constitutional amendments. This is a slippery slope that could prove disastrous for all Australians.

Modern law has developed in ways that provide protection and support for women, children and vulnerable people; something that is sadly lacking in many ancient customary laws that were developed in strongly paternal societies.

Gillard aims to time it right as voters back race equality
Date: February 7, 2012
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ALMOST two-thirds of voters support changing the constitution to recognise indigenous people as the first inhabitants of the land but the Prime Minister has warned the proposed referendum on the issue should be delayed until there was ''overwhelming bipartisan support''.

Julia Gillard urges bipartisan referendum on indigenous acknowledgement
Date: February 7, 2012
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JULIA Gillard has given the first indication that the referendum to acknowledge indigenous Australians in the Constitution may not occur in this political cycle, as a bipartisan position with the opposition may not be reached in time to ensure its success.

A matter of trust – what we can learn from the Treaty of Waitangi
Date: February 6, 2012
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Much is made of the Treaty of Waitangi as the vehicle for the recognition of Maori in New Zealand’s legal system. Australia lacks a treaty, the argument goes, and therefore is constitutionally disabled from extending similar kinds of recognition to indigenous Australians. Hence, some say, the need for constitutional reform.

PM tight-lipped on referendum timing
Date: February 6, 2012
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard is remaining tight-lipped on the possible timing of a referendum on Indigenous recognition in the Australian Constitution.

Australia’s painful journey towards indigenous rights
Date: February 6, 2012
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The fracas that engulfed the country's prime minister during Aboriginal protests on Australia Day speaks volumes about a society still coming to terms with its past

Rowdy protests belie Aborigines’ complex role in Australia
Date: February 4, 2012
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(CNN) -- Images beamed around the world last week of unruly and provocative protests by indigenous Australians projected a portrait of an angry and disenfranchised group.

The protesters thumped on the windows of a restaurant where Prime Minister Julia Gillard had been attending a ceremony, prompting security officers to rush her out of the building. They also burned the Australian flag in front of Parliament.

Coalition in talks on constitution
Date: February 4, 2012
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TONY Abbott's Coalition was yesterday locked in talks with the head of the expert panel into Indigenous recognition in the Constitution.

The Coalition's legal spokesman George Brandis yesterday met with expert panel co-chairman Mark Leibler about coming to a unifying position on a way forward.

Constitution folly
Date: February 3, 2012
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Australia is once again revisiting the core problems of the failed Indigenous policies championed by the Labor Party.

The expert panel for constitutional reform to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution gave their recommendations to the federal government on 19 January.

The Gillard government has pledged to hold a constitutional referendum on the issue before the general election in 2013.

Australian constitutional proposals will worsen Aboriginal oppression
Date: February 3, 2012
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A 22-person panel appointed by the Gillard government released a report last month proposing changes to the Australian constitution that would purportedly give the federal government new powers for the “advancement” of indigenous people. Far from addressing the appalling social conditions of ordinary indigenous Australians, the amendments would authorise the imposition of regressive programs that will only worsen the plight of Aboriginal people.

 

Recognising the First Peoples: small step, long journey
Date: February 3, 2012
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I have the uncommon privilege of knowing and working with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as a researcher in a Koorie organisation and as a reconciliation movement volunteer.

Many I've known for over a decade, some I count as close friends. Rather than the images of despair or controversy that most non-Indigenous people see in the media, I am witness to a people who work 24/7 for their people with persistent humour and occasional joy; contributors, not victims, as my friend, Aboriginal renaissance man, Richard Frankland often says.

Woman in the wooden mask remains unable to break from type
Date: February 2, 2012
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The recurring mystery of Australian politics is why the first woman Prime Minister in our history, who has shown a quick wit in Parliament, warmth when dealing with the public face-to-face, and boldness in introducing major new policies, still manages to be uninspiring when speaking to the nation.

Academic warns against rushing constitutional recognition process
Date: February 2, 2012
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An Indigenous education academic says it might take 10 years to successfully recognise Indigenous people in the national Constitution.

Invasion Day: The Plight of Australia’s Indigenous People
Date: February 2, 2012
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January 26, known as Australia Day Down Under, marked the anniversary of European settlers arriving on the shores of Sydney in 1788. It is celebrated countrywide with a public holiday, festivals, citizenship ceremonies and the presentation of the Australian of the Year Awards.

Rights changes don’t treat all equally
Date: February 2, 2012
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PRIME Minister Julia Gillard is contemplating a constitutional referendum with the focus on indigenous affairs. She has received a report from an expert committee which included two broad proposals. One is to delete from the Constitution what the committee calls "racist provisions"; the other is to insert new clauses concerning Aborigines.

Time for change
Date: February 2, 2012
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The “real anger” behind the Canberra Australia Day Aboriginal protest, which led to Australian Federal Police officers whisking away Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, has deep roots that pre-date our Constitution (1900). Yet it is this very Constitution that forms one of the pillars of discontent.

The path to change
Date: February 1, 2012
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Last year, I was one of 22 members of an “expert panel” … The panel has reached strong unanimous conclusions based on the feedback. These include removing section 25, removing section 51(26) known as the race provision, and introducing three new sections that recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first Australians… http://roboakeshott.com/ - Media/Newsletters/February 2012

Referendum rethink urged by Tony Abbott
Date: February 1, 2012
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TONY Abbott has accused the expert panel that recommended changes to recognise indigenous people in the Constitution of overreaching and called for a referendum to be held separately from a federal election.

Using Constitutional change to improve Indigenous health
Date: February 1, 2012
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Could special recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Parliament and in the Constitution bring benefits for Indigenous health?

In the article below, Dr Enrico Brik, the pseudonym of a self-employed consultant and sometime writer and blogger who has worked for over a decade in various roles in health services policy and planning, suggests these are measures that should be considered.

 

Protest will make referendum harder to succeed, says Leibler
Date: February 1, 2012
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Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on constitutional change, Mark Leibler has warned last week's Tent Embassy protests would "make it that much harder" to achieve a yes vote in a referendum.

Mr Leibler said the campaign for constitutional change was now "that much harder" because the impressions portrayed of the protest may threaten the momentum to achieve changes to the Constitution.

Malezer speaks up on sovereignty and need for a political movement
Date: February 1, 2012
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Co-Chair of the National Congress, Les Malezer has declared 2012 may well be a "year of historical change" because the call to review the Australian constitution has seen emerge a renewed activism to achieve meaningful improvements for Indigenous Australians.

Dodson defends right to protest
Date: February 1, 2012
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The Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on constitutional change, Professor Patrick Dodson has defended the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and said the protest last week reflected the "oppression and anger" many Indigenous Australians felt about the lack of action by government in addressing the social issues affecting the First Peoples.

Indigenous recognition and the Section 25 quandary
Date: January 31, 2012
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The one recommendation of the Expert Panel on Indigenous Constitutional Recognition that everyone appears to support is the repeal of section 25 of the Constitution.

Beyond the hedlines, the work to improve indigenous lives goes on
Date: January 31, 2012
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I have found the images of the recent tent embassy protests extremely distressing and difficult. I think the same is true for many Australians, indigenous and non-indigenous.

Oz indigenous leader says anti-racism law only way to give succor to suffering victims
Date: January 31, 2012
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Islamabad, Jan 31 (ANI): Australian indigenous leader Patrick Dodson has defended a proposal to outlaw racial discrimination in the constitution, insisting that many indigenous people still face intolerance and racism every day.

Professor Dodson also rejected claims that an expert advisory panel on constitutional recognition of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders “over-reached” its mandate with the proposal, insisting it is neither radical nor new, and would simply bring Australia into step with other countries, including Canada, India and South Africa.

Too tolerant of ugly racism
Date: January 31, 2012
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REJECTING discrimination in the constitution would empower us all.

There are examples where Aboriginal people have resisted attempts by the state and others to trample their rights without resorting to violence and the use of brute force. Noonkanbah in the Kimberley and the tent embassy in Canberra spring to mind, though recent events in Canberra may have tainted this perspective of the tent embassy for some.

Wreckers’ agenda hijack incited embassy anger
Date: January 30, 2012
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IN good faith I was part of the organisation team for the Aboriginal tent embassy 40th celebrations.

I and others had all intentions of putting on a celebratory event and discussions for future Aboriginal affairs.

I would like to send my apologies to Julia Gillard but I question the Attorney-General's office and ASIO for not adequately reviewing their policies on event risk assessment. I find there is negligence in allowing the event the Prime Minister attended and the embassy 40th celebrations to run only metres apart.

Libs baulk on referendum support
Date: January 30, 2012
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COALITION support for a referendum on constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians cannot be guaranteed, senior opposition sources have warned.

While there is strong support in opposition ranks for the idea, Liberal frontbenchers are critical of the broader package of proposals to recognise Aborigines and to remove racially discriminatory provisions in the Constitution.

Australia’s radical wealth conversion
Date: January 30, 2012
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As we watched the horrible images involving our prime minister and leader of the opposition being dragged away from the potential violence of small sections of the Aboriginal community, many Australians could not help thinking about the proposal to change the Constitution to give greater recognition to this section of the Australian community – a proposal that on the surface seemed fair.

The spear of confrontation pays nation another visit
Date: January 28, 2012
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IN 1790, Bennelong, the Sydney-born Aboriginal friend to the colonisers, was present when Governor Arthur Phillip was speared at Manly Cove, demonstrating how much relations between the two peoples had soured.

Firing up already hot debate
Date: January 28, 2012
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n August 1996, trade unionists unhappy with the newly elected Howard Government’s plans for industrial relations reform came to Canberra and ‘stormed’ Parliament House in a violent and ultimately disastrous protest.

Constitution changes seen to be on track
Date: January 28, 2012
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Constitutional reform advocate Mark Leibler said he remained confident Thursday's tent embassy protests had not marred the case for reform.

The protests came a week after a 22-member expert panel handed to Prime Minister Julia Gillard a blueprint for removing racially discriminatory sections from the constitution.

Activists burn national goodwill along with flag
Date: January 28, 2012
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SEEMINGLY out of nowhere, the Australia Day tent embassy protest has opened up fissures in our society and taught us lessons that stretch far beyond the crucial issue of indigenous affairs.

‘What did he say?': Abbott wants answers over staffer’s resignation
Date: January 28, 2012
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Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has called on Prime Minister Julia Gillard to give precise details about the circumstances of the resignation of one of her staff.

The prime minister's office said a media adviser resigned on Friday after telling someone that Mr Abbott was inside a Canberra restaurant near the Aboriginal Tent Embassy.

That person passed the information on to someone from the Tent Embassy.

The staffer has been named as Tony Hodges.

Mr Abbott said Ms Gillard needed to face the cameras.

Australian PM flees Aboriginal rights protesters on national day
Date: January 27, 2012
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott have escaped from a group of protesters rallying for Aboriginal peoples rights on Australia Day.

Gillard and Abbott had been presenting National Emergency Medals in a restaurant close to the nation’s parliament on Thursday, as part of official Australia Day celebrations.

Aborigine protesters burn Australian flag outside Parliament
Date: January 27, 2012
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(CNN) -- A group of indigenous Australian protesters made headlines for a second day in a row Friday after they gathered outside the Australian Parliament and set fire to the country's flag.

The move came a day after security officers dragged Prime Minister Julia Gillard out of a Canberra restaurant after scores of angry protesters surrounded the building during a luncheon ceremony.

A case of legal deception about our ‘racist’ constitution
Date: January 27, 2012
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Michael Brull's commentary on my article in The Australian (January 24) on the report to the Gillard government on constitutional recognition of indigenous people is both personally abusive and intellectually deceptive.

Day of shame shows why we must stop this racial charade
Date: January 27, 2012
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SO THIS is what reconciliation looks like on Australia Day, after so many concessions over so many useless years.

Reconciliation means Prime Minister Julia Gillard being trapped by furious Aboriginal protesters inside a Canberra building yesterday for half an hour.

It’s unanimous: recognise First Peoples in the Constitution
Date: January 27, 2012
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MEMBERS of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples last week presented a unanimous report to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, recommending changes to the Australian Constitution to recognise the continuing cultures, languages and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples. Other recommended changes include removing racist elements and prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of race, colour or ethnic or national origin.

Indigenous tent embassy protesters demean Australia Day
Date: January 27, 2012
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WHAT we saw yesterday was no way to mark Australia Day. For fair-minded Australians, the sight of the Prime Minister being bundled away by security personnel from angry protesters, and stumbling into the embrace of her security minders along the way, was disturbing.

No vote at all is better than a win for the No
Date: January 27, 2012
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It is always a good time to remove racially discriminatory provisions from the constitution. Except when such a sensible act might be defeated at a referendum for failing to obtain an overall majority and a majority of votes in a majority of states and there are unintended consequences

Long road to the Indigenous referendum
Date: January 26, 2012
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The end game in the Government's plan to hold a referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution and to remove racially discriminatory provisions has now begun with the submission last Thursday of the unanimous report by the 22-member expert panel.

It has recommended five specific changes (removing two sections and adding three) to the body of the Constitution. The Parliament must now decide on the precise questions to go to a referendum.

Local leaders support indigenous recognition in Constitution
Date: January 26, 2012
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CONSTITUTIONAL change to formally recognise Australia’s indigenous people and prohibit racial discrimination was supported by local politicians at a citizenship ceremony at Little Bay on Australia Day.

Following a Welcome to Country ceremony by La Perouse Elder Les Davidson, elected representatives spoke in support of the proposed 2013 Referendum.

Recognising the first Australians
Date: January 26, 2012
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Aboriginal people won a referendum in 1967 for the right to vote, and now all Australians will be asked to go to the ballot to give them recognition in the Constitution.

Page MP Janelle Saffin said it had been an honour to be a part of the panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for the past year. The panel handed their report to Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin last Thursday and the government will now consider the recommendations and how best to frame a question to take to a referendum.

Writing on wall for remote tongues
Date: January 26, 2012
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A NATIONAL bilingual syllabus is urgently needed in schools in Aboriginal communities to slow the rapid decline of indigenous languages, the new peak Aboriginal congress has told the Gillard government.

Aims of Tent Embassy remain as relevant today as they were 40 years ago
Date: January 25, 2012
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Those who established the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra 40 years ago tomorrow played a major role in raising awareness and cementing commitment to protecting the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said today.

Speaking ahead of the 40th anniversary of the original ‘Aboriginal Tent Embassy’ established under a beach umbrella on the lawns of Parliament House on 26 January 1972, Mr Gooda acknowledged the importance of the efforts of these early campaigners.

Make 2012 the year of struggle
Date: January 25, 2012
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There is a well known saying, that the jack of all trades is the master of none. Basically, the point is that someone who has some competence in various areas is unlikely to be particularly expert in any.

Keith Windschuttle has long been convinced that he is, in fact, the master of all trades, and all the masters are jacks.

Race: Langton vs. Windschuttle
Date: January 25, 2012
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Trust two left-wing feminists to make a federal case out of the use of what today is a four-letter word of little consequence in Australia’s Federal Constitution.

Beyond Australia’s adolescent identity crisis
Date: January 25, 2012
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It is easy to forget how young Australia is. Many look to 1788 as the source of national identity, but Federation is actually a closer approximation of birth. Given that the creation of the Commonwealth was driven in part by a movement that sought to formally distinguish what is Australian from what is British, 1 January more accurately captures the beginnings of nationhood than 26 January.

Make 2012 the year of struggle
Date: January 25, 2012
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The year 2012 is shaping up to be a big one for the working class in Australia. Employer organisations are preparing an all out offensive to slash wages and rid their workplaces of trade unions. There is the threat of new regional wars and possibly a world war as the Obama administration embarks on a dangerous escalation of military interventions in pursuit of global domination.

Time to ditch the Jack
Date: January 25, 2012
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AS we prepare to wrap ourselves tomorrow in a national flag writ large with someone else's identity, it would do us all good to take stock.

The date we celebrate as the birth of our nation marks the start of an invasion that robbed an existing population of a way of life that had delivered careful stewardship of the land for tens of thousands of years.

We didn’t play the emotional blackmail card, says Mick Gooda
Date: January 25, 2012
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ABORIGINAL and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda has staunchly defended a report calling for constitutional reform, declaring it was written in good faith after extensive consultation.

Indigenous leaders split over constitution push
Date: January 24, 2012
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DISTRICT indigenous leaders are split over the federal push to recognise Australia's Aboriginal history in the constitution via a referendum.

A panel of indigenous leaders and legal experts released a report last week detailing their recommendations on how the constitutional recognition would best be delivered.

Linda Burney rejects racist-card slur against panel
Date: January 24, 2012
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MEMBERS of the ALP's Left want the recommendations for change to the Constitution adopted by Julia Gillard and put to a referendum, and have defended the expert panel against accusations it is using the "racist card" in drafting the plans.

Randwick Mayor supports indigenous referendum
Date: January 24, 2012
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Randwick Mayor Scott Nash has thrown his support behind a proposed 2013 referendum to recognise and remove any discrimination against indigenous Australians.

Cr Nash’s comments come after an expert panel of 19 indigenous leaders, politicians and legal minds presented their findings in a report to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Thursday.

Constitutional change a must for indigenous Australians
Date: January 24, 2012
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Constitutional recognition has always been an important issue for Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. It's a case of "respect" as we use the term when discussing our rights and responsibilities in a multicultural society.

Constitution can right past’s shame
Date: January 24, 2012
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RACISM is just about the most sensitive issue for a maturing Australia.

Long plagued by institutionalised discrimination - at least until the "White Australia" policy's abolition in 1973 - Australians have spent decades trying to rid ourselves of a shameful past.

That's why successive Australian governments have sought, with mixed success, to remedy very great wrongs.

Support for indigenous Constitutional amendment
Date: January 23, 2012
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THE National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council is backing an indigenous constitutional amendment. Chairman Thelma Parker said: "By changing the Constitution to recognise the rights and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, the entire nation will mature and move forward."

Constitutional reform: choosing the path of hope
Date: January 23, 2012
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In his moving apology to the First Peoples in February 2008, then-prime minister Kevin Rudd spoke of the 'unfinished business' of our nation.

He likened aspects of our history to a 'stain on our soul'. Most importantly, however, he spoke of hope - of a way in which all the people of our nation may be truly reconciled to the past in order to build a strong future together.

Australia on verge of historic decision to recognise Aborigines as first people of continent
Date: January 22, 2012
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Australia is poised to make historic changes to its constitution recognising Aborigines as the first people of the continent and removing the last clauses permitting racial discrimination by the state.

Australia looks at place of indigenous people
Date: January 20, 2012
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Australia is looking at changing it's constitution to formally recognise indigenous people.

A government appointed panel has recommended the constitutional changes include the prohibition of racial discrimination and acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People as the first to inhabit Australia.

Any changes to the constitution require a national referendum, and the prime minister Julia Gillard says the task will be a challenging one.

Gillard receives Indigenous recognition report
Date: January 20, 2012
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard has received the final report on a proposal to change the Australian Constitution to recognise Indigenous peoples.

Freedom Ride II a bit hurtful in places
Date: January 20, 2012
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Setting out to recreate Charles Perkins' legendary Freedom Ride, the group was full of hope.

But the so-called Freedom Riders - 25 indigenous and non-indigenous young people, backed by Aboriginal elders and support workers - soon realised the scale of their battle.

Faith and hard work paid off in 1967 referendum
Date: January 20, 2012
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ALMOST half a century on from 1967, Faith Bandler's career as a civil rights campaigner has long since passed.

But the woman who spearheaded the "yes" vote in the 1967 referendum would be thrilled to see further constitutional change in her lifetime.

Indigenous recognition now looks complicated
Date: January 20, 2012
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THE website established to promote constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians is titled You Me Unity, which is an obvious reference to the goal of racial and social harmony that motivates the initiative.

But it also provides a strong hint about what will be required in order to realise the ambition of constitutional change. A referendum will only be successful if most Australians unite behind, not only the cause, but the fine print of the question eventually put to voters. The proposals put to the government yesterday are set to create more difficulties than initially expected in maintaining a national consensus.

Constitution changes ‘won’t help indigenous Australians’
Date: January 20, 2012
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A PROPOSED clause prohibiting racial discrimination in the Commonwealth constitution would be too complex to benefit indigenous Australians, a legal expert says.

The clause was among the recommendations made by an expert panel, which the Government had asked to examine the document to propose how it could be changed to recognise indigenous Australians.

Belief in the Constitution for change
Date: January 20, 2012
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A divisive debate about including Aboriginal people in the Constitution could jeopardise Australia's tentative steps toward reconciliation, leading legal and indigenous figures warned.

But they remained convinced Australia was finally ready to formally recognise indigenous people in the Constitution, and to strike out racially discriminatory clauses - if the process was handled properly.

Removing race from our constitution
Date: January 20, 2012
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Some critics have voiced concern and confusion over the report by the 22-person panel on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples released yesterday, namely how the issue of race (or racist elements of the constitution) can be removed and yet seemingly emphasised at the same time by introducing a section on the role and importance of indigenous Australians.

Racism still shadows our history
Date: January 20, 2012
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The Australian constitution must abandon the 19th century idea that Aboriginal people's identity is based on race.

Racism turns your life into a lottery. It reduces your ability to control your destiny or make decisions for yourself. To stay or go becomes a matter of life or death.

Push to erase racist laws
Date: January 20, 2012
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A REFERENDUM to recognise indigenous Australians and remove racially discriminatory provisions in the constitution seems certain to proceed, with both sides of politics yesterday embracing the thrust of a report prepared by an expert panel.

After holding public meetings across Australia, the panel of 22 indigenous leaders, politicians and lawyers has recommended removing sections allowing people to be excluded from voting on the basis of race, and those allowing special laws to be made for people of any race.

Pressure on Tony Abbott to engage for change
Date: January 20, 2012
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ABORIGINAL leaders and lobby groups vowed to pull together to campaign for a successful referendum following the release of the expert panel's report on constitutional change yesterday.

Despite muted support from Tony Abbott, state governments indicated they were open-minded on constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians, with many likely to support the panel's recommendations in full.

Pat Dodson says clause not a stepping stone to bill of rights
Date: January 20, 2012
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PAT Dodson says a proposed anti-discrimination clause in the constitution isn't intended to be a springboard to a bill of rights.

The co-chair of the expert group proposing the change said preventing discrimination on the basis of race was important for a modern democracy seeking to improve its economic position in the region.

Panel urges righting of racial wrongs in constitution
Date: January 20, 2012
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Indigenous Australians should be recognised in the body of the constitution and racist sections should be scrapped, an expert panel has recommended.

Labor has promised to hold a national referendum on the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians on or before the next federal election, due in 2013.

Leibler Panel Calls for Constitution Change
Date: January 20, 2012
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Melbourne lawyer Mark Leibler is Co-Chair of the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and has called on all Australians to work for change citing the effect of the Holocaust on his own family.Delivering the report of his expert panel in Canberra to a group which included Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, Leibler said:

Leaders need to roll up sleeves on reconciliation
Date: January 20, 2012
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NOW comes the hard part. Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have the chance to cast self-interest aside, right a historical wrong and nudge this country towards reconciliation. Will they grasp it? And if they do, will the nation respond?

It’s time to cut racsim from the constitution
Date: January 20, 2012
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In national politics, few tasks have proved more difficult than changing the basic law by which we are governed.

IN NATIONAL politics, few tasks have proved more difficult than changing the basic law by which we are governed. In the 111 years since the six former colonies federated to become the Commonwealth of Australia, there have been 44 referendums on proposed amendments to the constitution. Only eight have been successful. Yet, as The Age has argued before, there are many reasons why this document written in the 1890s is overdue for change. Foremost among them is the need to remove the residual racism in the constitution, and to give proper recognition to Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders as the first peoples of this land.

Indigenous rights: constitutional amendments likely
Date: January 20, 2012
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A referendum to remove discrimination of indigenous Australians from the constitution is likely before the next election, after an expert panel presented its final report to the Prime Minister yesterday.

Hopes high for unity on indigenous referendum
Date: January 20, 2012
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A REFERENDUM to recognise indigenous Australians and remove racially discriminatory provisions in the constitution now seems certain to proceed, with both sides of politics yesterday embracing the thrust of a report prepared by an expert panel of politicians, indigenous leaders and lawyers.

Experts’ double message hard to sell
Date: January 20, 2012
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THE members of the expert panel examining indigenous recognition in the Constitution want to strike the last vestiges of racial discrimination from the nation's guiding document.

Yet they also recognise in fulsome vein the special place in the nation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Challenge for Gillard: to reignite the passion
Date: January 20, 2012
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NOW comes the hard part. Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have the chance to cast self-interest aside, right a historical wrong and nudge this country towards reconciliation. Will they grasp it? And if they do, will the nation respond?

Historic Constitution vote over indigenous recognition facing hurdles
Date: January 20, 2012
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HISTORIC changes to the commonwealth Constitution to acknowledge indigenous Australians face almost certain defeat unless significantly amended, after a 300-page proposal presented to Julia Gillard yesterday prompted a chorus of concerns from some indigenous leaders and legal experts.

Constitutional recognition
Date: January 19, 2012
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Recognition has a lot to do with reconciliation—the two go hand in hand.

For example, an acknowledgement of country is a way of showing respect for traditional owners and of recognising their continuing connection to country. This recognition is at the very heart of reconciliation.

A Referendum for recognition
Date: January 19, 2012
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The federal Government has agreed to hold a national referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by the time of the next election, due in 2013.

Cultural Recognition Promotes Economic Equality
Date: January 19, 2012
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Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians could play an important role in closing economic opportunity gaps between Indigenous and other Australians, says Business Council of Australia (BCA) President Tony Shepherd.

Law Council supports Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians
Date: January 19, 2012
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The Law Council today welcomed the release of the Report by the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Cultural Recognition Promotes Economic Equality
Date: January 19, 2012
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Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians could play an important role in closing economic opportunity gaps between Indigenous and other Australians, says Business Council of Australia (BCA) President Tony Shepherd.

Panel Report on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples reflects mood for change
Date: January 19, 2012
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Recommendations just released by the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples would bring Australia’s Constitution up to date and reflected the views of many Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout Australia, Oxfam said today.

Constitution changes likely to be politically divisive
Date: January 19, 2012
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Panel tables Indigenous recognition report
Date: January 19, 2012
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Experts consider the referendum’s chance of success
Date: January 19, 2012
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BRENDAN TREMBATH: To consider the constitutional reform proposal in more depth I had a discussion earlier with the federal shadow attorney-general George Brandis, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner Mick Gooda and George Williams a constitutional law expert at the University of New South Wales.

Plan to include Aboriginal people in Australian constitution presented to PM
Date: January 19, 2012
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Following a year spent canvassing opinions across Australia, the expert panel advising Parliament on how to the constitution could be changed to recognise Indigenous people has presented its final recommendations.

Panel reports to Govt on Indigenous constitutional change
Date: January 19, 2012
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Gillard receives Indigenous recognition report
Date: January 19, 2012
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Prime Minister Julia Gillard has received the final report on a proposal to change the Australian Constitution to recognise Indigenous peoples.

Support grows for indigenous recognition
Date: January 19, 2012
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A push to recognise indigenous people in Australia's founding document is gaining initial strong political support after an expert panel mapped out the long path to constitutional change.

Labor has promised to hold a national referendum on the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians on or before the next federal election, due in 2013.

‘Racist’ Australian constitution should be changed to better recognise indigenous peoples, expert panel recommends
Date: January 19, 2012
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Australia should change its constitution to give better recognition to the its indigenous population, a panel of experts recommended today.

In a report handed to the Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, the panel also called for the repeal of two constitutional provisions with racist connotations.

They also proposed that a new passage is added to the document to recognise that the territory was occupied long before its discovery by the British.

‘Change the Constitution’
Date: January 19, 2012
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Australia has a unique opportunity to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the constitution – but if a referendum on the issue failed it could lead to disastrous consequences for the nation, Prime Minister Julia Gillard was told today.

Referendum on Indigenous in constitution
Date: January 19, 2012
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A PUSH to recognise indigenous people in Australia's founding document is gaining initial strong political support.

Labor has promised to hold a national referendum on the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians on or before the next federal election, due in 2013.

Panel advocates indigenous recognition
Date: January 19, 2012
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The first Australians should be recognised in the body of the constitution, an expert panel has recommended.

Labor has promised to hold a national referendum on the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians on or before the next federal election, due in 2013.

Opportunity for constitutional change for first peoples welcomed
Date: January 19, 2012
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Australia has been given an unprecedented opportunity to deliver true justice and recognition to its first people, through recommendations by the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, said the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council.

Indigenous Australians one step closer to constitutional recognition
Date: January 19, 2012
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The Federal Government has received the final report on how to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders in the Constitution.

It was prepared by a panel who consulted with Aboriginal people across Australia, including the Northern Territory.

Panel recommends indigenous recognition
Date: January 19, 2012
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INDIGENOUS Australians should be recognised in the body of the Constitution and racist sections should be scrapped, an expert panel has recommended.

Australians Support Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders – Report
Date: January 19, 2012
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Members of the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have presented their report to the Prime Minister recommending the removal of discriminatory references to ‘race’ and declaring that a referendum for change would be successful.

Australian panel calls for revamp of Constitution to include Aborigines
Date: January 19, 2012
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(CNN) -- An Australian panel on Thursday suggested changes to the country's Constitution to give better recognition to the indigenous population that inhabited the vast continent long before Europeans settled there.

Australia to make history by recognising Aborigines
Date: January 19, 2012
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Australia is poised to make historic changes to its constitution, recognising Aborigines as the first people of the continent and removing the last clauses permitting racial discrimination by the state.

Constitution changes likely to be politically divisive
Date: January 19, 2012
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ELEANOR HALL: To Canberra now where the Federal Government is being told it should make sweeping changes to the constitution in order to recognise Indigenous Australians.

An expert panel is recommending that the Government axe sections of the constitution it regards as racist and insert a new section that explicitly prohibits racial discrimination and supports Indigenous advancement.

Abbott welcomes indigenous report
Date: January 19, 2012
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Constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians should not amount to a one clause bill of rights, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says.

Mr Abbott has welcomed a report from an expert panel which recommends indigenous Australians be recognised in the body of the constitution not just in a new preamble.

Push to recognise indigenous Australians in constitution
Date: January 19, 2012
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Indigenous Australians should be recognised in the body of the constitution and racist sections should be scrapped, an expert panel has recommended.

Labor has promised to hold a national referendum on the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians on or before the next federal election, due in 2013.

A new proposal would see the Constitution amended to encourage respect for Indigenous Australians
Date: January 19, 2012
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THE Constitution would be amended to encourage respect for indigenous Australians, and denounce discrimination, if an expert panel's findings are adopted.

The expert panel's report has been handed to the Prime Minister calling for a new "prohibition of racial discrimination" section in the nation's guiding document.

Call to recognise ‘first peoples’ in Constitution
Date: January 19, 2012
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The debate about formally recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution is set to flare following the release of recommendations from the expert panel advising the Government on the issue.

The panel, chaired by former head of the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation Patrick Dodson, has set out major changes to the Constitution that would recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people "as the first peoples of Australia".

Constitutional changes for an inclusive Australia
Date: January 19, 2012
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Over the past year, a group of passionate and intelligent Australians has been touring the country to talk to people about how to best recognise Indigenous Australians in our constitution.

Report advises on Indigenous constitutional recognition
Date: January 19, 2012
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The Federal Government will today receive the recommendations from an expert panel about how best to recognise Indigenous people in the Constitution.

Indigenous element in Constitution needs wider reform: Greens
Date: January 19, 2012
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THE Greens have warned Labor that alterations to the Constitution to acknowledge indigenous Australians must not simply tinker "around the edges", making it difficult for the government to find a unified position to put to voters.

Australian panel to recommend changing constitution to recognize Aborigines
Date: January 19, 2012
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(CNN) -- A panel of Australian citizens is expected to set the tone Thursday for a planned constitutional referendum to better recognize the indigenous population that inhabited the vast continent long before Europeans settled there.

Australia to better recognize Aboriginals
Date: January 19, 2012
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CANBERRA, Australia, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The Australian government is embarking on a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to better recognize the Aborigine population, a member of an advisory panel said.

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples
Date: January 19, 2012
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The Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples has now delivered its recommendations.

Handover of the report of the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Date: January 19, 2012
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Speech delivery location: National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: January 19, 2012
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Today the Expert Panel on the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians delivered its report. 

This distinguished group included bipartisan representation.  The Coalition was represented on the Expert Panel by the first indigenous Member of the House of Representatives, Mr Ken Wyatt AM MP.

On behalf of the federal Coalition, we thank the Expert Panel for undertaking this important task. 

 

Towards Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: January 19, 2012
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The Australian Government today received the expert panel’s report on the recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution.

Over the past year, the panel of Indigenous and community leaders, constitutional law experts and parliamentary members have led wide-ranging national public consultations to develop options to recognise the special place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.

Towards Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: January 19, 2012
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The Australian Government today received the expert panel’s report on the recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution.

Over the past year, the panel of Indigenous and community leaders, constitutional law experts and parliamentary members have led wide-ranging national public consultations to develop options to recognise the special place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.

A referendum that can, and should, be won
Date: January 17, 2012
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Most Australians support constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people.

Pathway to referendum success is now clear
Date: January 17, 2012
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Separating people according to their race is based upon a discredited 19th-century scientific theory in which a person's race can determine everything from their intelligence to their suitability for certain roles. Unfortunately, this thinking remains embedded in Australia's constitutional DNA.

More moves towards restitution for native Australians
Date: January 14, 2012
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WITH his long white beard and broad black hat, Australia’s “father of reconciliation” cuts a distinctive figure. Of all Patrick Dodson’s battles for his fellow aboriginal people, though, none has proved more demanding than the bid to end what he calls the “ridiculous concept” that is still enshrined in the country’s constitution: that when the British first settled in 1788, the land was considered terra nullius, or unoccupied. Australians will soon vote in a referendum on finally recognising the country’s indigenous people in its founding document.

We must rekindle the spirit of 1967
Date: January 14, 2012
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IN the 20th century timelines of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander political history, it is 1967 - the year of the commonwealth referendum - that stands out. The referendum, supported by nine out of 10 voters, remains the most unambiguous affirmation by Australians of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

Council fears constitutional recognition referendum in doubt
Date: January 12, 2012
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A Riverina councils' leader thinks the New South Wales Government's opposition to the financial recognition of local government could scuttle any referendum on the issue.

Children abused as rights take limelight
Date: January 6, 2012
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INDIGENOUS children are being neglected and their rights abused because the nation and Aboriginal advocates are obsessed with having a "rights" debate that does not have kids at the centre, according to a prominent Aboriginal leader.

Plea to put council status to poll
Date: January 4, 2012
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A REFERENDUM could be held next year to recognise local government in the constitution.

A majority of the independent Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government found financial recognition was the only option with a reasonable chance to succeed at a referendum.

Lawyers backed new race power
Date: January 4, 2012
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A PANEL that recommended constitutional reform to recognise and protect Aboriginal people and culture had the strong backing of the Law Council of Australia.

A submission by the council recommended the key changes to the Constitution ultimately adopted by the panel in its report, which will be handed to Julia Gillard this month.

Indigenous property rights must be recognised in Constitution, says Kimberley leader
Date: January 3, 2012
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A REFERENDUM to acknowledge Aborigines in the Constitution would be meaningless unless it enshrined indigenous property rights, says Kimberley leader Wayne Bergmann.

Councils push for federal cash
Date: January 2, 2012
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CASH-STRAPPED Hunter councils are planning to spend $500,000 on a media campaign to gain public support to change the Australian constitution to gain financial recognition of local government.

Tough year ahead, so we must make our own luck
Date: January 2, 2012
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ENTERING our 111th year of federation, we do well to reflect on the astonishing achievements of our nation so that we embrace the challenges ahead with a sense of optimism. We have overcome many difficulties -- from droughts and floods, to wars and recessions -- to build a free and prosperous nation that is second to none. So we are aware of our almost boundless capabilities. And in 2012 we will need them.

Rudd’s bailout programs ‘unlawful’
Date: December 31, 2011
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THE barrister who challenged the legality of Kevin Rudd's $900 stimulus cheques in the High Court has declared direct commonwealth payments to local governments are unlawful.

Calls grow for local government referendum
Date: December 28, 2011
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A new report has recommended the Federal Government proceed with a referendum in 2013 that would enshrine the right of local councils to receive funding from the Commonwealth.

Local government wants recognition in the Constitution
Date: December 28, 2011
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An expert panel commissioned by the Gillard government has recommended Australian's vote for a change to the Commonwealth Constitution, which would give local government financial recognition.

John Howard’s fears on local councils in Constitution ignored
Date: December 28, 2011
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AN expert panel has ignored warnings from John Howard and recommended a referendum be held in 2013 canvassing recognition of local governments in the Constitution to ensure they can receive direct commonwealth funding.

Philip Ruddock warning on constitutional fallout
Date: December 26, 2011
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PHILIP Ruddock, the Howard government minister who abolished the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission, says it would have been much harder to do away with the strife-prone $1 billion agency had the Constitution contained the elements proposed by an expert panel on constitutional reform.

Constitutional reform crucial to indigenous wellbeing
Date: December 24, 2011
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I HAVE been close to the epicentre of indigenous policy for 20 years now. During this time I have dealt with premiers and prime ministers, ministers and public servants, both great and small, smart and dumb, committed and careless.

Warren Mundine to fight new race power in Constitution
Date: December 19, 2011
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FORMER ALP president and indigenous leader Warren Mundine has declared he will campaign against proposed constitutional changes that promote the advancement of Aborigines, saying they go "a hundred steps too far", are stupid and will lead to legal challenges.

Constitution proposals on wrong track
Date: December 16, 2011
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EARLIER this week Professor Marcia Langton, appointed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard to her Expert Panel looking at changing our Constitution to recognise indigenous people, made three claims as reported in this newspaper.

Ask your MP to support the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: December 15, 2011
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Australia's Constitution needs updating. It needs to recognise the continuing rights, cultures, and languages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and their unique contribution to the life of our country.

Constitutional changes
Date: December 14, 2011
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ONE wonders on what basis Marcia Langton knows that her panel's proposals will have no unintended consequences and that "the majority of the nation's leading legal experts" support them ("Constitution changes not a bill of rights: Langton", 13/12).

Race-based provisions should have no place in our constitution
Date: December 14, 2011
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FOR all the high hopes of bipartisanship, there are signs we are headed for yet another battle between elites and the rest of Australia.

This time the elites are those that comprise the panel of experts advising the government on indigenous recognition in the Australian Constitution. There are reports the panel will suggest the repeal of two outdated, race-based provisions of the Constitution: section 25 and section 51(xxvi). This makes sense.

Constitution changes not a bill of rights: Langton
Date: December 13, 2011
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MARCIA Langton has hit back at experts who have warned proposed changes to the Constitution to acknowledge Aborigines were too radical, arguing the changes would be nothing like a bill of rights and claiming there would be no "unintended consequences".

It’s Time to Recognise Indigenous Australians in our Constitution
Date: December 12, 2011
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Last week, the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples concluded its deliberations on reform proposals.

While we wait on the release of their final report and recommendations, it’s worth thinking again about the issues involved in altering the Commonwealth Constitution in order to recognise Indigenous Australians’ unique place in Australian history and identity.

Historic push to give Aborigines ‘new power’
Date: December 9, 2011
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THE father of reconciliation, Pat Dodson, has declared racial discrimination should be removed from the nation's Constitution, as voters are asked to support the creation of a new power to legislate for the "advancement" of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Time for major changes to Constitution, not token gestures: Mansell
Date: December 8, 2011
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Changing Australia’s Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is not the time for half-hearted measures, according to Tasmanian Aboriginal activist Michael Mansell.
Mr Mansell, Legal Director at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre, was a guest speaker at the SNAICC AGM and Members Forum in Launceston last week.

Preamble is not our priority, national Aboriginal congress tells PM
Date: December 8, 2011
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JULIA Gillard has met with leaders at the helm of the new national Aboriginal congress, who say that six years without a formal indigenous representative body has led to bad laws and policy.

Remove racism of a previous era from the heart of our constitution
Date: December 8, 2011
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IN June last year, China's Vice-President Xi Jinping -- the man in line to become the next president of the world's most populous emerging superpower -- came to Canberra with a 200-strong delegation of Chinese business and government leaders. On his way back to Beijing, he stopped in Darwin and took his entourage to visit Kakadu to see the Aboriginal art.

Health benefits to Constitutional recognition raised in report
Date: December 6, 2011
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A discussion paper looking at the Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians and its impact on their health argues legislators need to be more legally-accountable for policy outcomes.

The ‘Legally Invisible' paper was released yesterday by the Lowitja Institute.

The author, Adjunct Associate Professor Genevieve Howse, says the report responds to widespread problems in policy-making and governance of health care of Indigenous Australians.

Aboriginal call for intervention on health nightmare
Date: December 6, 2011
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HUNDREDS of different laws across the country have created a "diffused and muddled" approach to indigenous health, sparking calls from an Aboriginal leader for a government intervention to rescue the system.

Jenny Macklin – Opening remarks at the National Indigenous Labor Network event, ALP National Conference
Date: December 4, 2011
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Date: 4/12/2011 Speech delivery

Location: Darling Harbour Convention Centre, Sydney

Legally Invisible — How Australian Laws Impede Stewardship and Governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
Date: December 2, 2011
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We are pleased to announce a new report:

A referendum without dog whistles … is that possible?
Date: December 2, 2011
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At the clubhouse at the local golf club in Horsham, a hardy few had come from the town and district in the freezing cold to hear me explain the work of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition. A few town dignitaries were joined by retirees who had voted in the 1967 referendum, there were some town residents and others who lived on the craggy western side of the Grampians in native forests.

Removal of ‘racist sections’ in the Constitution a priority
Date: November 26, 2011
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THE removal of sections of the Constitution that are racially discriminatory has emerged as one of the leading proposals to the expert panel examining indigenous recognition in the nation's guiding document.

One’s identity is for the individual to determine
Date: November 24, 2011
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For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples it is our beliefs, our culture, and our family histories that contribute to our sense of who we are and what we mean to others.

They are our source of belonging – and they anchor us and steer our course through our lives.

Given their importance, then, surely it is vital that every individual has the power to shape their own identity – to stand up and say "this is who I am and this is what I believe" without that certainty being challenged?

Constitutional reform: moving towards reconciliation
Date: November 22, 2011
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Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Mick Gooda Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Australian Human Rights Commission

Mary McKillop Place Mount St North Sydney

Tuesday 22 November 2011

Local government recognition losing momentum
Date: November 19, 2011
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THE push for constitutional recognition of local government appears to be losing momentum, despite warnings that direct federal funding to councils can only be guaranteed through such reforms.

A 2009 High Court decision undermined direct federal funding and lobbying by councils and led federal Labor to promise a referendum on the issue at, or before, the next election.

Shining a lamp on complex indigenous legal issues
Date: November 19, 2011
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LEONIE Kelleher remembers standing at an ancient waterhole in the South Australian desert, an Arabunna elder by her side. "Who owns this water?" asked the elder.

“Uniformity of support” for Constitutional recognition
Date: November 17, 2011
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A national survey shows the majority of Australians support the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution.

An Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition will present a report to the Federal Government next month, following community consultations around the country.

Jaensch: All equal under sovereign law
Date: November 17, 2011
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AUSTRALIANS are likely to face three referendum questions at the 2013 federal election, writes Dean Jaensch.

Opening the 2011 Australian Government Solicitor Constitutional Law Reform
Date: November 16, 2011
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Firstly, may I acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet – and pay my respects to their elders, both past and present.

I would also like to acknowledge Chief Justice French, Stephen Gageler, Chris Craigie and Ian Govey. 

It gives me great pleasure to open the 2011 AGS Constitutional Law Forum.

Today I will be talking to you about a very important subject - constitutional issues in a minority government.

SBS Podcast – Support for Indigenous inclusion in constitution
Date: November 16, 2011
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It's been found an overwhelming majority of Australians support the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the constitution.

The finding is the result of a national survey conducted by Newspoll earlier this month, as well as from submissions received by a panel appointed to advise the government on options for constitutional recognition.

Fred Chaney was the federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in the late 1970s and is a member of the government's Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Clare Atkinson asked him how big a majority supports constitutional recognition.

 

Coalition to act on race edict
Date: November 12, 2011
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THE Coalition will support the removal of Section 25 from the Constitution, which gives the states the power to exclude people from voting on racial grounds.

The opposition has shifted from its long-held position that indigenous recognition in the Constitution should be limited to a new preamble.

Most people want race discrimination removed from Constitution
Date: November 11, 2011
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RESEARCH commissioned by the advisory panel on indigenous recognition in the Constitution has found an overwhelming majority support the removal of sections of the Constitution that permit discrimination on the basis of race.

The findings could pave the way for more dramatic change to the nation's guiding document.

Fairness the key to draft first peoples
Date: November 10, 2011
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JOHN Howard's former pollster has quietly told the advisory panel on indigenous recognition in the Constitution not to take a "semi-defensive position" if they want the referendum to succeed.

Mark Textor, the founder of the campaign consultants Crosby Textor, has privately told the panel to learn from the mistakes of the republic referendum that allowed lawyers to take over and sabotage the movement.

Time for conservatives to do the right thing
Date: October 29, 2011
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Australians, including conservatives like me, are perhaps about to face the most important referendum most of us have never heard of.

The government's expert panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples will soon recommend options that formally recognise indigenous Australians in our constitution, with a referendum on the issue possible by the next federal election.

Aborigines risk ‘cultural impoverishment’, says Noel Pearson
Date: October 27, 2011
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NOEL Pearson has warned that indigenous Australians risk becoming as "culturally impoverished" as they are economically poor, and that Australia is a "graveyard" for traditional languages.

Constitutional change must change lives, says Institute
Date: October 20, 2011
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Any change to the Australian constitution recognising Indigenous Australians should go beyond symbolism and drive a new approach to Indigenous policy that is capable of transforming lives, the Cape York Institute has said in a submission.

We must get away from failed political thinking
Date: October 18, 2011
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Aboriginal people in the West Australian community indicated mixed feelings over Police Commissioner Karl O'Callaghan's comments on the over-representation of Aboriginal children in the WA juvenile justice system (the highest in Australia).

Initial feelings of "bashing us again" moved to "let's hope for a balanced discussion".

Labor’s new-look Northern Territory intervention
Date: October 18, 2011
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PARENTS who allow their children to become truants will lose welfare payments under Labor's plan to toughen elements of the Northern Territory intervention after a report found widespread acceptance of the controversial program in Aboriginal communities.

In a redesign of its attack on indigenous disadvantage, the Gillard government will announce plans to legislate to continue alcohol bans but its extension of some of the intervention's measures will not include introducing a floor price on alcohol.

Abbott may be best hope on hot issue … on Noel time
Date: October 17, 2011
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THIS is Noel country. Noel Pearson, of course.

Tony Abbott may be blasting a government slowly to smithereens in Canberra, but in Cape York, a tour of traditional lands occurs implacably on Noel time, not on Tony time; there is only one songline.

Symbolism is not enough: Pearson
Date: October 10, 2011
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CONSTITUTIONAL recognition of Aboriginal Australians should go beyond symbolism and drive a new approach to indigenous policy that is capable of transforming lives, according to the Cape York Institute led by Noel Pearson.

Indigenous leader lets fly over Rann red tape in remote communities
Date: October 8, 2011
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COMMISSIONER for Aboriginal Engagement Klynton Wanganeen has slammed the Rann government for weighing down indigenous leaders in remote communities with excessive red-tape and ignoring advice, which led to several key mistakes.

Government communications: online but out of touch
Date: October 7, 2011
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In Australia the democratic promise of Jobs's legacy remains unfulfilled.

While millions of people are mourning the loss of Steve Jobs, no doubt having heard about it via their smartphone through Twitter, Facebook or news feed, most people in Government Communications are still acting as if the e-revolution never happened over 10 years ago.

Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders requires referendum
Date: October 7, 2011
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Palm island residents get to have their say with official federal panel

JESSICA van VONDEREN: For a brief period Palm Island, in far North Queensland, became the venue for serious talks on the Australian Constitution. A Federally appointed panel is investigating whether there is national support to recognise indigenous Australians in the Constitution and how it could be done. Penny Timms spoke with some Palm Island Elders about their views.

PHILIP OBAH, ELDER: It's about the pre amble to the Constitution. Just talking about

Business Council of Australia – Submission to Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: October 7, 2011
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www.bca.com.au/DisplayFile.aspx?FileID=768

Colour, culture and freedom of identity
Date: October 5, 2011
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When we judge people according to their appearances, or – in the Andrew Bolt case – their lack of particular appearances, we enter into a dangerous and potentially very damaging world.  It is full of painful memories and historical violence. It holds attitudes that can cut to the heart and soul of others in ways those of us who do not see ourselves as ‘coloured’ can struggle to imagine.

Church call for Indigenous recognition
Date: October 4, 2011
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The Anglican Church in Brisbane has called for constitutional recognition of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

The Church has made a submission to a panel reviewing the issue.

Constitutional Change Needs Practical Outcomes
Date: October 4, 2011
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An expert panel set up by the Australian Government to gage public support for the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, will spend the next few months finalising its recommendations.

Although 75 percent of Australians already support some kind of constitutional reform, ideas on the practical effects that constitutional change would bring to the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are more contested, with some commentators noting the disparity between existing legislation and the realities of government policies such as the Northern Territory Intervention, which defy the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Anglican submission on Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (3 October 2011)
Date: October 3, 2011
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The Anglican Church in Brisbane has called for the Australian Constitution to be changed to enable true self-government by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘nations’ as expressed by the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

High stakes over race
Date: October 3, 2011
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TWO seemingly unrelated events last week centred on a question Australians will soon face about race. A Federal Court judge found the Melbourne newspaper columnist Andrew Bolt had breached the Racial Discrimination Act in his writings about so-called fair-skinned Aboriginal Australians. In Sydney, a panel of 13 experts wound up months of nationwide consultations about a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the constitution.

Boost for recognition of indigenous people
Date: October 3, 2011
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CONSTITUTIONAL recognition of indigenous Australians is a step closer after an expert panel received more than 3400 submissions largely supportive of the move.

Many respondents supported changes to Australia's founding document to include acknowledgment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's custodianship of the land.

Constitutional Recognition for Indigenous Australians
Date: September 28, 2011
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In December last year the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, appointed a panel of Indigenous and community leaders, as well as constitutional experts and members of parliament, to consult widely with the Australian people to get their opinions on changing the constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. So far over 80 consultations have been held across Australia and public submissions close on Friday. The panel will report back to the government in December this year with options for change.

Listen to the conversation

Risks to be taken for Aboriginal equality – Listen to the interview with Mick Gooda
Date: September 28, 2011
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It's not something perhaps many of us have sat down and read with great interest, but Australia's constitution is fundamental to our legal system and values.

 

When it comes to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, is it right that the constitution still represents the thinking of those who created it more than a century ago?

 

Aboriginal Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda is travelling around Australia with a select panel to explore with Australians how they would like to see the Constitution changed to include Aboriginal people.  Listen to the Podcast

Remove racism: group
Date: September 28, 2011
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A GROUP of 35 central Victorians are keen to see “racist” sections of Australia’s constitution changed or deleted.

At a community forum held in Bendigo on Monday, all attendees spoke in support of proposed changes to the Australia constitution to recognise indigenous people.

Race vote should offer protection all round
Date: September 27, 2011
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Australians will soon vote on whether to change the nation's constitution to recognise Aboriginal people. At present, the document is silent about the existence of Aboriginal people, and permits discrimination against them and others on the basis of their race. It was on this foundation that Federal Parliament denied Aboriginal people the vote until 1962.

Race vote should offer protection all round
Date: September 27, 2011
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Australians will soon vote on whether to change the nation's constitution to recognise Aboriginal people. At present, the document is silent about the existence of Aboriginal people, and permits discrimination against them and others on the basis of their race. It was on this foundation that Federal Parliament denied Aboriginal people the vote until 1962.

Constitutional Change – SBS Podcast
Date: September 26, 2011
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For the last five months, an expert panel has been asking Australians their views about changing the constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Constitutional change
Date: September 23, 2011
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A group of schoolkids walks along a path in a country town, holding a banner: 'Freedom Ride 2011'.

This group is from the NSW Central Coast, recreating the ride led by the late Charlie Perkins in 1965.

What strikes me about this scene is that, like the '65 ride, the youngsters are both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, walking together, towards the goal of equality.

Time to have a say
Date: September 23, 2011
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There is one week left to have your say about Constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people .

Submissions close at 5 pm on September 30.

Indigenous inclusion: great for the Constitution
Date: September 22, 2011
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have constantly fought to have their rights acknowledged by the Australian Government. It is hard to believe after so many years the government has failed to acknowledge and recognise Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution. The Constitution was intended to join Australia under the continuing agreement of the Australian people. It clearly does not meet its intentions if it fails to recognise the original owners of the land.

One more step to reconciliation
Date: September 22, 2011
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Convincing voters to recognise the first Australians in the constitution will be no easy task.

LET'S fast forward to May, 2013. Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott are sharing a platform at Federation Square and talking effusively about the same issue, the same opportunity, before an engaged audience.

A message from the queen of Australia
Date: September 20, 2011
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Dearest subjects, loyal or not, citizens of Australia,

Since inheriting my position in 1953, I have seen many changes in the world, and in my Realm. I've seen Nelson Mandela sent to prison, released from prison, and to then become president of an independent South Africa.

Many of the British Colonies from 1953 have moved to self-determination and have come of age as Sovereign Nations.

Newslines Radio: Mt Isa looks at constitutional recognition
Date: September 19, 2011
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PRESENTER: Hi, I’m Tracy Williams and you’re listening to Newslines Radio, a weekly program produced by the Australian Government on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

This week Newslines is travelling to outback Queensland, to Mt Isa, the heart of Kalkadoon country, to hear what the community there thinks about recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Recognition of Indigenous people in Australian Constitution
Date: September 16, 2011
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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) has produced the Recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution position statement in support of ongoing efforts by Indigenous organisations to give formal recognition to Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution.

Change attitudes, not the constitution
Date: September 16, 2011
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The constitution was recently mentioned in a national Indigenous publication.

Specifically, former Australian of the year, Mick Dodson, was quoted as saying that he wants the constitution to acknowledge that Australia was taken without the consent of Aboriginal people. With that claim, I thought it might be appropriate to consider the debate about whether or not the constitution should be changed to respect the wishes of some Aboriginal people.

Gooda: Recognise and Reconcile
Date: September 14, 2011
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Is it time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to be acknowledged in the Australian Constitution? The man leading that charge certainly thinks so and is pushing for a referendum to be heard before his five-year term is up.

Indigenous constitutional debate comes to Warrnambool
Date: September 13, 2011
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THE national push to gain constitutional recognition of indigenous peoples will gather momentum in Warrnambool tomorrow.

A 20-strong panel appointed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been travelling across the country to gauge opinions and stimulate talks on the initiative, which has the in-principle support of the government and opposition.

Calls to rewrite our constitution
Date: September 12, 2011
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Illawarra Aboriginal people have embraced the chance to have their say on whether Australia should update its constitution to recognise the first Australians.

Islanders ask Premier Bligh for autonomy
Date: September 9, 2011
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CALLS for autonomy in the Torres Strait are being heard far and wide after elders and community leaders raised the issue in no uncertain terms at a recent Community Cabinet meeting. They placed the issue of self-governance fairly and squarely at the forefront of the political arena in the public meeting on Thursday Island on Sunday, August 28.

Youth Parliament Sends Aboriginal Tribute to Prime Minister
Date: September 9, 2011
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The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Cassy O’Connor, today congratulated Tasmania’s Youth Parliamentarians for pushing for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution. Ms O’Connor said a wide variety of subjects had been debated in this year’s Youth Parliament session, and it was encouraging to see support for the nation’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Young Freedom Riders deliver the Indigenous message
Date: September 7, 2011
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Hundreds of ideas on constitutional reform, gathered from Indigenous communities during a recent recreation of Charles Perkins' 1965 Freedom Ride, were today presented to a government advisory panel as part of an event at the University of Sydney.

Recognising the first Australians in our Constitution
Date: September 7, 2011
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You might be surprised to learn that our Constitution – the founding legal document of the country - makes no mention of Australia’s first peoples and continues to include a possibility of discrimination on the basis of race.

Notta lotta change wanted
Date: September 2, 2011
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CONSTITUTION fanciers were in a tizz yesterday when it was announced 16 and 17-year-old teens would be allowed to vote in a NT election next year an Australian first.

Not the general Northern Territory Government elections, mind you. They can enrol with the Electoral Commission and vote and stand as candidates in the elections for delegates to the Constitutional Convention.

The elections are in March, and are compulsory for people 18 and over.

Fred Chaney Talk
Date: September 1, 2011
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Karen Dorante spoke with former Aboriginal Affairs Minister and member of the panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Fred Chaney.

Constitution meeting well attended
Date: August 31, 2011
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WHEN the Australian Constitution was drafted in the 1890s, Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders did not participate and were not formally recognised.

Talks focus on Indigenous constitutional recognition
Date: August 31, 2011
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The removal of racist powers within the Australian Constitution will be a point of discussion at public hearings in Broken Hill and Wilcannia today.

Members of a panel appointed by the Prime Minister are visiting the region to gauge local opinion on changing the constitution to recognise Indigenous people.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, says a number of issues will be discussed.

Changing the constitution
Date: August 30, 2011
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Locals are invited to have their say on changing the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Revisiting the constitution
Date: August 30, 2011
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A public forum has been held in Mildura to discuss amending Australia's constitution to acknowledge Australia's first persons. Mick Gooda, who led the discussion, said he hopes the debate will also prompt a better awareness of the constitution itself - with many Australians remaining ignorant of its very existence.

Woman of the Week: Lauren Ganley
Date: August 29, 2011
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We may have evolved enough to elect our first female Prime Minister, but did you realise Australia’s constitution still permits racial discrimination?

Telstra’s Lauren Ganley is part of a panel that wants to change the constitution to reflect Australia in the 21st century.

Invasion or arrival?
Date: August 23, 2011
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How should white settlement be characterised in the wording of the Australian constitution? The question has been raised after Sydney City Council decided to change the preamble in its corporate plan to describe the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 as an "invasion" and "illegal colonization". It replaced the phrase "European arrival".

Indigenous recognition must remove racism from Constitution
Date: August 23, 2011
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Indigenous recognition in the Australian Constitutions must be more than a new preamble, says Professor George Williams — it must also remove the last vestiges of racial discrimination from the document.

Consultations on Indigenous Constitution plan
Date: August 19, 2011
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Public consultations are continuing on how the Constitution could be changed to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.

Constitutional Change: Recognition or Substantive Rights?
Date: August 19, 2011
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Exploring the constitutional change process and its application to create meaningful change in Australia. On Friday 22 July 2011, the Law Council of Australia presented a Discussion Forum on Constitutional Change.

Push for constitutional recognition of indigenous
Date: August 17, 2011
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BRISBANE Catholics have been urged to add their voice to the nationwide discussion on how the Australian Constitution might be amended to recognise indigenous people.

Drive with Roisin McCann 4:00pm – 6:00pm * More about Roisin * Contact Us Recognising Indigenous Australians – is now the time for constitutional change – tell the expert panel.
Date: August 15, 2011
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Today it was Launceston's turn to let the expert panel know how they felt about recognising Indigenous Australians within the Australian Constitution.

The Tassie member of the panel Bill Lawson is part of the local sessions in Tasmania.

Chance for change: Sean Brennan on Indigenous Australians and Constitutional Change
Date: August 14, 2011
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In November 2010, Prime Minister Julia Gillard committed her government to holding a referendum on recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution. Sean Brennan argues this process should go further than symbolic acknowledgement.

Chance for change: Sean Brennan on Indigenous Australians & constitutional change
Date: August 11, 2011
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In November 2010, Prime Minister Julia Gillard committed her government to holding a referendum on recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution. Sean Brennan argues this process should go further than symbolic acknowledgement.

Call from the heartland and the heart – welfare is deadly
Date: August 8, 2011
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WITH his heartfelt plea for an end to welfare handouts in the remote indigenous domain, Galarrwuy Yunupingu has thrown down the gauntlet.

A constitutional amendment discussed to recognise Indigenous people
Date: August 8, 2011
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Public forums are being held around the country to discuss how the constitution might be amended to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

We’re still down for the count
Date: August 6, 2011
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THE Australian Bureau of Statistics' census of everyone, including all visitors except foreign diplomats, residing in Australia is conducted next Tuesday.

Clans come together for Indigenous festival
Date: August 6, 2011
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Australia's largest Indigenous cultural festival has kicked off in north-east Arnhem Land. The Garma Festival is known for for bringing together Aboriginal clans from across Arnhem Land and the rest of the country.

Have your say on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
Date: August 6, 2011
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The Australian Constitution does not recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and it still includes parts that contemplate racially discriminatory laws. The Constitution, which underpins Australia’s laws and institutions, can only be changed by vote at a referendum.

Census to rectify Indigenous undercount
Date: August 5, 2011
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MARK COLVIN: With this weekend's census, the Bureau of Statistics is hoping to rectify what some say has been a chronic under-counting of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

Constitution should recognise settlers stole Australia: Dodson
Date: August 5, 2011
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Mick Dodson wants the constitution to acknowledge that Australia was taken from Indigenous people without their consent.

Constitution should recognise settlers stole Australia: Dodson
Date: August 5, 2011
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ALI MOORE, PRESENTER: A senior Indigenous leader has called for constitutional change to recognise that European settlement stole land from Aborigines. The Prime Minister's established a panel to examine a change in the constitution that would give Indigenous Australians recognition as the country's original inhabitants.

Get Facebook users into constitution debate
Date: August 5, 2011
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AUSTRALIANS should take back control of their constitution with regular referendums held away from the heat of election campaigns, former Australian of the Year Mick Dodson says.

Professor calling for more than preamble
Date: August 5, 2011
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The Gillard Government will be told today that indigenous people must get more than just a preamble in the constitution.

Twelve named to pilot constitutional review
Date: August 5, 2011
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A group set up to gauge public opinion on New Zealand's constitutional arrangements will have free rein to test views on whether the country should move towards becoming a republic.

Congress survey revealed
Date: August 4, 2011
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The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has been urged by its members to push for dedicated seats to be set aside in the Federal Parliament for Indigenous Australians.

Indigenous want seats reserved
Date: July 31, 2011
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INDIGENOUS Australians have urged their new national leadership body to push for seats in parliament to be reserved for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Building our Nation – A National Conversation
Date: July 30, 2011
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Remember how significant were the words “We are sorry” when Prime Minister Rudd apologized to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, for the detrimental effects on them of past government policies?

Indigenous Australians want Constitutional recognition
Date: July 29, 2011
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Being recognised in the Constitution is the top priority for Indigenous Australians, a new survey says.

Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: July 28, 2011
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Mick Dodson Main Committee Room, Parliament House

Friday 5 August 2011 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Exploring need for change
Date: July 28, 2011
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TWO members of the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians attended public meetings at the Ceduna hall on July 19.

Support for indigenous recognition
Date: July 28, 2011
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BEING recognised in the constitution is the top priority of indigenous Australians, a new survey says.

National Congress of Australia's First Peoples surveyed 600 of its members from across Australia.

Indigenous recognition ‘very important’
Date: July 28, 2011
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Being recognised in the constitution is the top priority of indigenous Australians, a new survey says.

Constitutional Recognition Key for Australian Aborigines – Survey
Date: July 28, 2011
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Being recognised in the constitution is a top priority for indigenous Australians, according to a ground-breaking survey by the newly formed organisation, National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.

Congress Survey Shows Key Issues For Members
Date: July 28, 2011
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The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples today released the results of its first survey on policy priorities from its Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander membership. Health, sovereignty and education were highlighted by the majority of members as the most important areas of policy.

Indigenous Aussies want recognition: poll
Date: July 28, 2011
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Being recognised in the constitution is the top priority of indigenous Australians, a new survey says.

Vote ‘Yes’ for Constitutional recognition of Local Government
Date: July 27, 2011
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A statement by Palerang General Manager Peter Bascomb to the ordinary meeting of Palerang Council held on Thursday 7 July.

Sorry was just a start – indigenous envoy next
Date: July 27, 2011
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FOREIGN Minister Kevin Rudd has warned that Australia still has a long way to go to achieve real reconciliation with indigenous people and must go beyond his 2007 apology to the Stolen Generations to deliver real change.

Tjurkurpa: For the Indigenous People of the World
Date: July 26, 2011
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The Magna Carta Lecture Adelaide Town Hall Speech

Elders meet to discuss changing the Constitution
Date: July 26, 2011
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A group of Aboriginal Elders have met in Bairnsdale to discuss changing Australia's Constitution. The meeting took place as part of a series of community consultation sessions happening across the nation to see whether Indigenous people should be recognised in the Constitution.

Your chance to have a say about the Australian Constitution
Date: July 23, 2011
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Did you know that Australia's constitution still includes the possibility for discrimination bases on your race, and ignores Asutralia's first Peoples and their roles as custodians of the world's oldest continuing cultures?

Support for Indigenous Constitution plan
Date: July 22, 2011
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Sydney academic Megan Davis is a strong supporter of the plan to recognise Indigenous people in the Constitution.

Discussion Forum 2011: Constitutional Change: Recognition or Substantive Rights?
Date: July 22, 2011
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On Friday 22 July 2011, the Law Council of Australia presented a Discussion Forum on Constitutional Change.

Message to NFPs : Australians “More Progressive” Than Previously Thought
Date: July 21, 2011
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Some 55% of Australians want business to contribute more to the community and society overall, according to new research that suggests Australians are more progressive in their views than previously thought.

Indigenous Australia in 2031
Date: July 19, 2011
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A story for the times.

It is long before Vincent is born, and the people who live this side of the water are always saying, 'When I get to the other side', as if everything will be okay then. But they never go. They never pack their bags and get on the boat and go. They stay there, looking across the water, day after day, thinking it must be better over there, there on the other side. Their own side is beautiful, a paradise. But they don't want their own paradise. They want that one over there.

‘In the Frame’ Alison Page
Date: July 17, 2011
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Alison Page lives in the tourist town of Coffs Harbour but this Yuin Waddi Waddi woman who spent her formative years in Laperouse Sydney. Alison is one of a handful of Indigenous Interior designers in this country who has designed Aboriginal culturally appropriate housing, a pink diamond jewellery collection worth over a quarter of a million dollars, plays host on the ABC's New Inventors show. This is her story 'In the Frame' Alison Page.

Constitutional Change suggestions heard
Date: July 17, 2011
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A public consultation was held in Shepparton last month to hear local views on how Australia’s Constitution could be changed to recognise Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.

Museum makes case for debates
Date: July 14, 2011
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The National Museum of Australia has begun a new discussion program to engage with opinion makers in debates about the nation’s future and the history of ideas in Australia.

Aboriginals of Australia: Chaney on Indigenous mission
Date: July 13, 2011
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Former Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Fred Chaney pushes for constitutional change that recognises Indigenous Australians - improving the reconciliation process.

Social inequality needs to end: Gooda
Date: July 13, 2011
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Constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples could be the vehicle to improving their social independence and relationship with Australian governments and the wider community, according to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda.

Public quizzed on Indigenous constitutional recognition
Date: July 12, 2011
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Members of a panel formed to discuss the inclusion of Indigenous people in the Australian constitution have arrived in Western Australia's Pilbara.

Chaney on Indigenous mission
Date: July 12, 2011
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Former Federal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Fred Chaney was in Moree on Wednesday to discuss changes to the Constitution that would recognise Indigenous Australians.

Constitutions won’t bring social justice to Latin America
Date: July 9, 2011
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Capitalism's minefield of ambition and greed leaves little chance for constitutions promising a better world

On this day: The birth of the Australian nation
Date: July 9, 2011
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WHEN QUEEN VICTORIA SIGNED the Australian Constitution Act on 9 July 1900, our nation was legally born - but few Australians would be familiar with the date. So how could such a momentous occasion have fallen into relative obscurity?

Reconciliation, recognition
Date: July 9, 2011
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MANILA, Philippines — At the forum convened by the Australian Embassy and the Ateneo Law School to celebrate Australia’s National Aboriginal and Islander Day, we listened to the Australian experience given by Megan Davis, and that of the Philippines, by Evelyn Dunuan.

Mick Gooda calls for Indigenous Constitutional recognition at Notre Dame talk
Date: July 8, 2011
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Constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples could be the vehicle to improving their social independency and relationship with Australian governments and the wider community, according to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda.

Flying the flag for reignited indigenous debate
Date: July 8, 2011
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It will be 40 years on Tuesday since the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee first flew the distinctive black, red and yellow Aboriginal flag.

Constitutional Recognition – So What?
Date: July 8, 2011
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A Platform Discussion was held at the Museum of Australia, Canberra on July 8th. The panel debated on whether the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian Constitution will make a meaningful difference to Indigenous peoples’ lives. The panelists were Mal Brough, former Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Alison Page, Member of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australian and Garth Nettheim, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of New South Wales. Hosted by David Speers, Political Editor, Sky News Australia.  View the live discussion here ....

Lowitja O’Donoghue Speech: National Congress Opening
Date: July 8, 2011
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Lowitja O’Donoghue was the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony of the National Congress.“The National Congress, as it stands today, is the result of extensive nationwide consultations. A maker inevitably leaves his or her mark on their creation. Our people have spoken and our fingerprints are all over the National Congress. We can expect to be judged on our part in its creation and its success or otherwise.”

Recognising the original people
Date: July 7, 2011
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Public consultations looking at how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be recognised in the Australian Constitution are being held around the country, including one in Lismore in late August, as a precursor to a national referendum.

Recognising the original people
Date: July 7, 2011
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Public consultations looking at how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be recognised in the Australian Constitution are being held around the country, including one in Lismore in late August, as a precursor to a national referendum.

Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders – Podcast
Date: June 30, 2011
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Should indigenous Australians be recognised in the constitution? In what form? Mick Goodna, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner talks of the importance of constitutional change.

First Fleet now an ‘invasion’
Date: June 29, 2011
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More than 220 years after HMS Supply anchored in Botany Bay, the arrival of the first fleet of British convicts, soldiers and settlers has been officially recognised as an invasion.

Sydney officially declares arrival of British settlers ‘an invasion’
Date: June 29, 2011
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For decades Aboriginal tribes have insisted the arrival of British settlers in Australia was an 'invasion' - and now councillors in Sydney have agreed that will be the official version.
Sydney to rebrand British settlement as ‘invasion’
Date: June 29, 2011
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Under pressure from the Aboriginal community, Sydney's mayor and city council vote to change historical documents to say that the arrival of British convicts in Australia was an 'invasion'.

Sydney council causing trouble over ‘invasion’ versus ‘settlement
Date: June 29, 2011
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SYDNEY councillors have been accused of being inflammatory, unhelpful and divisive by voting to refer to white settlement as "invasion" in official documents.

Aboriginal advisory panel wants term ‘invasion’ included in constitution
Date: June 29, 2011
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AFTER succeeding in their push for the City of Sydney to call white settlement an ''invasion'', the City's Aboriginal Advisory Panel now wants the term used in Australia's constitution.

City of Sydney officially declares 1788 settlement of Australia an invasion
Date: June 28, 2011
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SYDNEY is rewriting the history books, declaring the arrival of white settlers an "invasion".

Hunter consultation over proposed change to constitution
Date: June 28, 2011
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Hunter Valley Indigenous elders and community leaders will meet this morning to discuss the Federal Government's push to recognise Aboriginal people in the Constitution.

Time we had a separate minister for indigenous affairs
Date: June 26, 2011
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The Gillard government is anxious to distinguish its approach to improving life for Northern Territory Aborigines by launching consultations to discuss where to go when the legislation for the intervention expires next year. It's an easy point to score against the Coalition government, which started the intervention four years ago without talking first.

Taking time to get it right
Date: June 26, 2011
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TASMANIAN engineer and Beacon Foundation stalwart Bill Lawson is optimistic the "unfinished business" of the 1967 referendum can be completed.

Push on for Indigenous constitutional recognition
Date: June 24, 2011
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A push to have the Australian Constitution changed to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians will be discussed in Shepparton today.

Panel considers recognising councils
Date: June 21, 2011
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A plan to recognise local government in the constitution has been given a push ahead with the appointment of an expert panel to ask the community what they think.

Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: June 15, 2011
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Reconciliation Victoria is encouraging members of the community to have their say at a series of public consultation about how to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution.

Some glimmers of hope in a troubled town like Alice
Date: June 11, 2011
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The Prime Minister’s backing of the push for Indigenous constitutional recognition is listed as the third of four tentative pointers a new, more positive tone to the debate about the road to reconciliation and closing the gap.

Gillard Celebrates Gove Peninsula Mining Lease Agreement
Date: June 10, 2011
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Australian Prime Minister Julia Gilard was happy with the new mining lease agreement that was signed between Rio Tinto and the Indigenous people this week. The bauxite mine and alumina refinery have been in operation since 1960 but only now have the Aboriginal people been given their due for the use of their traditional lands.

Expert explores possible changes to Constitution
Date: June 10, 2011
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A member of the Prime Minister’s panel that will advise the Government on recognising Indigenous people in the Constitution says he expects the move to spark great interest in the Northern Territory.

‘Good for soul’: Aborigines back constitution change Opening exposes PM to funny side
Date: June 10, 2011
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The campaign to recognise indigenous Australians in the constitution has cleared its first big hurdle, with most members of the new body for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders backing the change.

PM signs first mining lease deal
Date: June 9, 2011
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In an Australian first, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has signed a lease agreement between a mining company and traditional land owners.

Constitution change backed
Date: June 9, 2011
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The campaign to recognise indigenous Australians in the constitution has cleared its first big hurdle, with an overwhelming majority of members of the new peak body for Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders strongly backing the change.

Expert explores possible changes to Constitution
Date: June 7, 2011
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A member of the Prime Minister's panel that will advise the Government on recognising Indigenous people in the Constitution says he expects the move to spark great interest in the Northern Territory.

There must be zero tolerance for abuse in the native title context
Date: June 3, 2011
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‘Lateral violence’ is the name given to aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour within communities that is often the result of disadvantage, discrimination and oppression and arises from working within a society that is not designed for ‘our way of doing things’, Commissioner Gooda will tell a native title conference in Brisbane today.

Call to action on reconciliation
Date: June 3, 2011
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Churches need to work together and really get involved in reconciliation, Mr Graeme Mundie told those gathered at St Benedict’s Narrabundah for the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry’s Sorry Day dinner.

The Electoral Commission’s Referendum Lottery
Date: June 2, 2011
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On November 8, 2010, the Gillard government announced that it intended to move towards recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

Indigenous Australians the key to a strong Constitution
Date: June 2, 2011
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There is unfinished business in Australia, and it’s time to start a serious conversation about resolving it. We need to talk about the planned referendum on Indigenous recognition in the Australian Constitution.

Ideas from Expert Panel on Constitutional change
Date: June 1, 2011
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The following information has been extracted from the discussion paper released by the Expert Panel on the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Constitutional panel asks for your opinion
Date: June 1, 2011
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The Federal Government would be obligated to enter into formal agreements with Indigenous Australians on land and cultural issues as part of changes to the Australian Constitution if a suggestion contained in a discussion paper released by the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians was accepted.

Let’s Talk Reconciliation at the National Gallery’s Gandel Hall
Date: June 1, 2011
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For Reconciliation Week the 666 Mornings team took its regular Canberra Conversations hour to the NGA's Gandel Hall.

Aboriginal people and the constitution
Date: May 25, 2011
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Former WA Liberal Senator Fred Chaney was Kate's guest on Breakfast this morning.

Constitutional recognition brings mental health benefits
Date: May 25, 2011
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The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists supports the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Australian Constitution and encourages all Australians to contribute to a national conversation on the issue.

National Reconciliation Week begins
Date: May 25, 2011
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The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Jenny Macklin, today marked the start of National Reconciliation Week by talking with Narrabundah College students in Canberra about constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

PM told not to go too hard on constitutional reform
Date: May 25, 2011
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Julia Gillard's referendum on constitutional recognition for indigenous people could be doomed to failure if it tries to deliver more than symbolic change, a leading constitutional expert has warned.

Panel ponders Indigenous constitutional change
Date: May 24, 2011
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Geraldton residents are being urged to attend a meeting tomorrow to discuss a proposal to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Forum focuses on Indigenous constitutional recognition
Date: May 24, 2011
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A public meeting will be held in Albany today to discuss changing Australia's constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Indigenous elections attract few voters
Date: May 20, 2011
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The ACT Government has been left looking for answers after less than 10 per cent of eligible voters turned out for the territory's indigenous elections.

Race power ‘a shield for society’
Date: May 20, 2011
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Indigenous Liberal MP Ken Wyatt has defended keeping the "race power" in the Constitution, arguing its retention could protect Australians from threats from a particular group.

Reconciliation and sport
Date: May 20, 2011
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Sport plays an enormous role in Australian life, and for many indigenous people, it is especially significant. Read the full story at the link below (Page 14-15)

About the Australian Consititutional Reform
Date: May 19, 2011
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The Constitution is the founding document of our nation and is the pre-eminent source of law.

The time is right to unify the nation
Date: May 19, 2011
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Australians have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape the future of the nation by participating in public consultations on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution, the Australian Human Rights Commission said today.

Indigenous Australians’ recognition in Constitution
Date: May 19, 2011
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A referendum could be held within the next two years on whether Indigenous Australians should be formally recognised in the Constitution.

National conversation begins on recognising Indigenous Australians
Date: May 19, 2011
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Oxfam Australia today welcomed the start of the national dialogue to formally recognise the special and unique place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples hold in our nation.

Join a national conversation on the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: May 19, 2011
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Lynn MacLaren MLC urged people to get involved in the national conversation about how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians could be recognised in the Australian Constitution.

Recognition in preamble ‘complicated’
Date: May 19, 2011
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Recognising indigenous people in the body of the constitution could be simpler than doing so in a new preamble, the co-chair of a panel advising the federal government on the issue says.

Constitution: indigenous recognition?
Date: May 19, 2011
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Recognising indigenous people in the body of the constitution could be simpler than doing so in a new preamble, the co-chair of a panel advising the federal government says.

Recognition in preamble ‘complicated’
Date: May 19, 2011
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Recognising indigenous people in the body of the constitution could be simpler than doing so in a new preamble, the co-chair of a panel advising the federal government on the issue says.

Recognition in preamble ‘complicated’
Date: May 19, 2011
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Recognising indigenous people in the body of the constitution could be simpler than doing so in a new preamble, the co-chair of a panel advising the federal government on the issue says.

Constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians
Date: May 19, 2011
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A discussion paper aimed at providing a starting point for Australia-wide consultations on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was released today.

Abolition of Constitution’s race power in frame
Date: May 19, 2011
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THE Constitution would be stripped of its race power, obligate the government to make formal deals with indigenous Australians on land and cultural issues and include a broad "statement of values" under options proposed by Julia Gillard's advisory panel.

Constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians
Date: May 18, 2011
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A discussion paper aimed at providing a starting point for Australia-wide consultations on the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians was released today.

Expert Panel plans consultation
Date: May 17, 2011
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The Expert Panel on the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians has agreed to an extensive schedule of consultations which will include meetings and discussions across urban, regional and remote Australia.

Our ‘Concrete Constitution’
Date: May 17, 2011
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This year, the University of NSW's Indigenous Law Centre hosted a forum about the importance of constitutional reform in order to provide formal recognition of Indigenous peoples.

Podcast – Constitutional recognition will close the gap: report
Date: May 12, 2011
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A new report argues that Indigenous Australians are likely to keep dying younger than other Australians while they remain unacknowledged in Australia's constitution.

The Lowitja Institute for Aboriginal and Islander Health Research has found efforts to boost indigenous health are being impeded by a lack of constitutional recognition.

As Karen Ashford reports, the Institute believes this has allowed governments to dodge responsibility for health outcomes.

Talks ahead of Aboriginal recognition
Date: May 9, 2011
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A new series of meetings across Australia will prepare the ground for constitutional recognition of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.

It’s time to talk recognition
Date: April 13, 2011
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Reconciliation Australia Chief Executive Leah Armstrong is calling on the Australian public to join a national conversation about recognition in the lead up to National Reconciliation Week (27 May– 3 June).

Law Council releases discussion paper on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: April 11, 2011
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The Law Council today released a discussion paper outlining options for Constitutional reform, to recognise Indigenous Australians.

Policy Submissions
Date: March 22, 2011
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Constitutional recognition must have support before referendum
Date: March 18, 2011
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National Indigenous Radio Service - Quotes Panel Member Megan Davis.

Public vital to indigenous plan
Date: March 17, 2011
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If the expert panel cannot establish a national groundswell of support, indigenous lawyer Megan Davis believes they have the right to recommend against a referendum.

Just More Constitutional Words?
Date: March 1, 2011
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Volume 7 Issue 23
(Mar/Apr 2011)

Abstract: Some of the important and significant legal issues that have been reported, debated and analyzed in the Indigenous Law Bulletin (ILB) are discussed. Details of amendments undertaken by both Queensland and New South Wales (NSW) to their constitutions in order to recognize Indigenous Australians are highlighted.
First Social Justice and Native Title Reports lay groundwork for year of change
Date: February 11, 2011
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda will launch his first Social Justice and Native Title Reports in Sydney today (Friday, 11 February).

Strong constitution needed for national consensus on Indigenous recognition
Date: February 5, 2011
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All sides of politics must agree on any proposed constitutional change if it is to succeed

Shane Stone backs Indigenous vote
Date: January 29, 2011
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Shane Stone yesterday threw his support behind the push by Cape York leader Noel Pearson for an indigenous-only referendum on black recognition in the Constitution.

Recognition could go further, says Wyatt
Date: January 28, 2011
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Ken Wyatt says the recognition of indigenous Australians in the constitution may be considered by a parliamentary committee despite his Liberal Party's position that it should be confined to the preamble.

Abbott shifts his position on vote
Date: January 28, 2011
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Tony Abbott's Coalition has shifted its long-held position that indigenous recognition in the Constitution should be limited to the preamble.

Activists to fight UN bid
Date: January 27, 2011
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ACTIVISTS uniting around the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal tent embassy have vowed to wage an international campaign against Australia's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council if the Gillard government does not meet its demands for indigenous sovereignty. The campaign is being spearheaded by Michael Anderson, 60, the only one of the four men who started the tent embassy who remains alive today.

Langton backs Pearson’s referendum model
Date: January 27, 2011
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Marcia Langton has backed Noel Pearson's call for Aborigines to vote first.

Don’t rush referendum on indigenous recognition, Labor warned
Date: January 26, 2011
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Larissa Behrendt has warned the Gillard government it may be rushing consultations on constitutional recognition for Aboriginal Australians, putting the entire process at risk.

It’s time Aborigines got due recognition
Date: January 26, 2011
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A change to the constitution would show our maturity.

Noel Pearson tells Julia Gillard – give us first vote
Date: January 26, 2011
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Cape York leader Noel Pearson has insisted that Aboriginal Australians be given a vote.

Windschuttle an authority on constitutional law?
Date: January 25, 2011
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There is a well known saying, that the jack of all trades is the master of none. Basically, the point is that someone who has some competence in various areas is unlikely to be particularly expert in any.

Keith Windschuttle has long been convinced that he is, in fact, the master of all trades, and all the masters are jacks.

Panel Report on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples reflects mood for change
Date: January 19, 2011
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Recommendations just released by the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples would bring Australia’s Constitution up to date and reflected the views of many Indigenous and non-Indigenous people throughout Australia, Oxfam said today.

Mark Leibler appointed as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
Date: December 23, 2010
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Today the Prime Minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, appointed Mark Leibler AC, Senior Partner of Arnold Bloch Leibler and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, as Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Expert Panel announcement an important step on the road to Reconciliation
Date: December 23, 2010
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ANTaR has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of an expert panel to help progress the Constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples.

Expert panel on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians appointed
Date: December 23, 2010
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The Australian Government today took a further step towards the recognition of Indigenous people in the Australian Constitution by appointing the members of the expert panel that will help lead the process.

Genuine attempt to write first people’s into the nation’s contracts
Date: November 15, 2010
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Constitutional recognition for indigenous Australians is not just symbolic.

Community Sector urges political consensus on Indigenous recognition in Constitution
Date: November 12, 2010
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ACOSS has hailed the Prime Minister Julia Gillard's decision to form an expert panel to advise on recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

Constitutional Changes Recognising Aboriginal People Welcomed But Details Vague
Date: November 11, 2010
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The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Catholic Council (NATSICC) welcomes the Prime Minister's pledge.

Aboriginal constitutional recognition
Date: November 10, 2010
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Fiona Poole spoke to Fred Kelly, Vice President of the Macleay Valley Aboriginal Consultative Group.

Indigenous recognition must be real
Date: November 9, 2010
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Marcia Langton has called on Julia Gillard's expert panel to go further than inserting something "lite" in the Constitution's preamble.

Uniting Church says constitutional change challenging but rewarding
Date: November 9, 2010
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The Uniting Church in Australia and the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress (UAICC) of the Uniting Church has congratulated the Australian Government on its announcement of a referendum on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Law Council welcomes Constitutional reform to recognise Indigenous Australians
Date: November 9, 2010
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The Law Council is pleased with yesterday’s announcement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard regarding the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

Statement by National Congress Co-Chairs
Date: November 9, 2010
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The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (The National Congress) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner have committed to work together to progress a common agenda on constitutional reform.

Preamble not enough for Indigenous recognition
Date: November 9, 2010
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Eleanor Hall, Program Presenter; Meredith Griffiths, report; Sam Jeffries (Expert Panel member and National Congress co-chair); Peter Yu, Kimberley Indigenous leader; George Williams, Constitutional law expert.

Reconciliation Australia welcomes steps towards Constitutional recognition of First Australians
Date: November 8, 2010
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Reconciliation Australia has welcomed the Gillard Government’s announcement to create an expert national panel to progress the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

Referendum to be held on Indigenous recognition in the Constitution
Date: November 8, 2010
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Australians will within the next three years vote in a referendum on whether to recognise indigenous people in the Constitution.

Oxfam welcomes referendum to recognise Indigenous Australians
Date: November 8, 2010
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Oxfam Australia today welcomed Prime Minister Gillard’s announcement to hold a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Australian Constitution.

Greens welcome fulfilment of Government commitment to Indigenous constitutional recognition
Date: November 8, 2010
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The Australian Greens welcome today's announcement by Prime Minister Julia Gillard of a new Expert Panel to progress recognition of Indigenous Australians in the constitution, agreed as part of the Australian Greens commitment to support the Labor Party in Government.

Commitment to constitutional reform applauded
Date: November 8, 2010
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The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the announcement today by Prime Minister Julia Gillard that the Australian Government will establish an expert panel to work towards including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in the Constitution.

Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution
Date: November 8, 2010
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Joint Media Release from PM Gillard, Macklin and McCelland (Attorney General)

Time for Indigenous recognition
Date: November 3, 2010
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Now is the time for Australia to constitutionally recognise its indigenous peoples, said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda at the National Press Club yesterday.

Constitutional recognition of Indigenous rights
Date: November 3, 2010
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James Carlton interviews Mick Gooda on Fran Kelly’s Radio National Breakfast program.

Support for change welcome
Date: October 20, 2010
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The support of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists for recognition of Indigenous peoples in the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act is a very welcome development in what is yet to become a robust public debate.

Old style racism still in constitution
Date: September 14, 2010
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Julia Gillard has pledged a referendum on whether to recognise indigenous peoples in the constitution.

Rainbow nation offers clues for Australia’s indigenous healing
Date: September 14, 2010
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Perhaps one of the most promising commitments to emerge from the extended political negotiations to establish minority government was the agreement that our indigenous nations be recognised in the constitution.

Indigenous inclusion is good for our constitution
Date: July 9, 2010
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On this day 110 years ago Queen Victoria gave the royal assent to the Australian constitution.

Calls for constitutional recognition on National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders day
Date: July 9, 2010
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Calls for Constitutional recognition on National Aboriginal and Islanders Day

Howard plans constitutional recognition of Aborigines
Date: October 7, 2007
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Marc Colvin, Program Presenter; Gillian Bradford, Reporter, John Howard, former Prime Minister

Ignorance evident in flawed argument
Date: January 1, 1970
Publication: Wagga Wagga Daily Advertiser
Journey to Recognition stops in Port Augusta
Date: January 1, 1970
Publication: The Transcontinental - Port Augusta

An organisation that looks to promote the recognition of Indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution has stopped in Port Augusta.

Michael Long to kick off Sorry Day relay
Date: January 1, 1970
Publication: Herald Sun

AFL legend Michael Long will kick-off a nationwide relay in Melbourne to raise awareness about constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians.

Long walk to recognition starts with a single contentious step
Date: January 1, 1970
Publication: The Australian
Campaign for Indigenous recognition in the Constitution
Date: January 1, 1970
Publication: ABC Breakfast Radio- RN

Fran Kelly speaks to Aden Ridgeway, spokesperson for the Recognise Constitutional Recognition movement about the upcoming Journey to Recognition.

Congress Statement of Constitutional Recognition
Date: January 1, 1970
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This paper was Congress’s input to the deliberations of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Date: January 1, 1970
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Mr Speaker, in the long story of relations among the peoples of our nation –the story of our struggles with each other and of our struggles to reconcile – there have been some good days which we will not forget.

Days when a glimpse of a better time came briefly into view.

A new shade of true blue
Date: January 1, 1970
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Reasoned debate should replace suspicion and indifference.

Australia is a relatively coherent and sophisticated society. But your acceptance or refusal of how harmonious it is, is probably determined in some way by your thoughts on race, and the cultural war so vigorously prosecuted by John Howard.

Constitutional Recognition – Submission to Expert Panel
Date: January 1, 1970
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Reconciliation Victoria, along over 3,400 other organisations and individual Australians. recently made a submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (http://youmeunity.org.au/have-your-say/submissions see Submission #3224).