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MEDIA COVERAGE

This collection of media coverage on constitutional reform in Australia dates back to 2007.


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ANTaR Victoria’s principled response to the recommendations of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Reform – full text
Date: 9th February 2012

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.

Julia Gillard urges bipartisan referendum on indigenous acknowledgement
Date: 7th February 2012

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.

Gillard aims to time it right as voters back race equality
Date: 7th February 2012

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''.

Australia's painful journey towards indigenous rights
Date: 6th February 2012

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

PM tight-lipped on referendum timing
Date: 6th February 2012

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is remaining tight-lipped on the possible timing of a referendum on Indigenous recognition in the Australian Constitution.

A matter of trust – what we can learn from the Treaty of Waitangi
Date: 6th February 2012

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.

Coalition in talks on constitution
Date: 4th February 2012

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.

Rowdy protests belie Aborigines' complex role in Australia
Date: 4th February 2012

(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.

Recognising the First Peoples: small step, long journey
Date: 3rd February 2012

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.

Australian constitutional proposals will worsen Aboriginal oppression
Date: 3rd February 2012

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.

 

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