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MEDIA COVERAGE

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


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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.

 

Constitution folly
Date: 3rd February 2012

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.

Time for change
Date: 2nd February 2012

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.

Rights changes don't treat all equally
Date: 2nd February 2012

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.

Invasion Day: The Plight of Australia’s Indigenous People
Date: 2nd February 2012

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.

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