Opinion Pieces

A selection of key opinion pieces and speeches on the case for constitutional recognition of the first Australians can be found here:

Opinion: First Australians deserve constitutional recognition

Opinion: First Australians deserve constitutional recognition
Mark Yettica-Paulson, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director
The Courier-Mail
15 November 2016

Opinion: Why Australia won’t recognise Indigenous customary law

Opinion: Why Australia won’t recognise Indigenous customary law
AJ Wood,
Senior Lecturer in Law, Australian National University
10 June 2016

Opinion: Recognition Matters

Opinion: Recognition Matters
Syd Jackson, former AFL player
Herald Sun article
28 May 2016

Opinion: Why Recognition is Important

Opinion: Why Recognition is Important
Michael O'Loughlin, Former Sydney Swans player
The AFL Record
27 May 2016

We are all part of a continuum of history, of struggle and reform

We are all part of a continuum of history, of struggle and reform
Tanya Hosch, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director, National Reconciliation Week Breakfast speech, 27 May 2016

Opinion: Stand up and be recognised

Opinion: Stand up and be recognised
Linda Burney, NSW Deputy Leader of the Opposition
NITV NEWS
13 MAY 2016

OPINION: The high standard applied to Indigenous recognition

OPINION: The high standard applied to Indigenous recognition
Tanya Hosch,
RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director
The Drum (ABC)
29 April 2016

Recognition: The Greatest Gift For All Australia’s Children

Recognition: The Greatest Gift For All Australia’s Children
Tanya Hosch, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director
The Huffington Post
7 December 2015

Opinion: Time to recognise the Constitution's errors

Opinion: Time to recognise the Constitution's errors
Fred Chaney and Colleen Hayward,
The West Australian
10 July 2015

Once in a generation chance to change the constitution

Once in a generation chance to change the constitution
Tanya Hosch, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director
Daily Telegraph, 8 July 2015

Opinion: Here are the two very simple reasons why you should support Recognise

Opinion: Here are the two very simple reasons why you should support Recognise
Tanya Hosch, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director
The Guardian, 2 July 2015

Opinion: Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians is a once-in-a-generation contribution to our nation's identity

Opinion: Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians is a once-in-a-generation contribution to our nation's identity
Prof Shane Houston, Deputy vice-chancellor at University of Sydney
The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 2015

Opinion: Racist Constitution does not reflect who we are

Opinion: Racist Constitution does not reflect who we are
Prof Mick Dodson, former Australian of the Year
Sydney Morning Herald
27 May 2015

Opinion: BHP Yes to first peoples vote

Opinion: BHP Yes to first peoples vote
Dr Andrew Mackenzie, CEO of BHP Billiton,
The Australian
27 May 2015

Speech: Bourke Community Event

Speech: Bourke Community Event
Linda Burney, NSW Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Bourke Central Park
9 May 2015

Opinion: ‘Soft totalitarianism?’ What Rundle gets wrong about constitutional recognition

Opinion: ‘Soft totalitarianism?’ What Rundle gets wrong about constitutional recognition
Tanya Hosch, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director
Crikey, 13 March 2015

Opinion: View from the shore must be part of the Constitution

Opinion: View from the shore must be part of the Constitution
Lester- Irabinna Rigney, Professor of Education at the University of SA
Herald Sun
3 March, 2015

Opinion: Change the Constitution for a fairer future

Opinion: Change the Constitution for a fairer future
Joe Morrison, CEO of the Northern Land Council
Sydney Morning Herald
10 Feb 2015

Speech: Recognition 'will help to heal the fractured relationship'

Speech: Recognition 'will help to heal the fractured relationship'
Nalwarri Gabirri Djulwanbirr Collins-Yunupingu
Speech to Telstra employees
10 October, 2014

Speech: Rights, Recognition and Reconciliation

Speech: Rights, Recognition and Reconciliation
Patrick Dodson
Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration
27 May 2014

Speech: We Want Recognition

Speech: We Want Recognition
Adam Goodes, Australian of the Year 2014
Wayside Chapel Sydney
13 May 2014

Opinion: Australia Day needs to encompass all of this country's history

Opinion: Australia Day needs to encompass all of this country's history
Prof Mick Dodson
The Sydney Morning Herald
27 January, 2014

Opinion: Constitutional recognition will make Australia a more honest country

Opinion: Constitutional recognition will make Australia a more honest country
Tauto Sansbury
National Indigenous Times, 22 January 2014

Opinion: Another Step to Reconciliation

Opinion: Another Step to Reconciliation
Ben Wyatt, WA Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs
The Australian
2 December 2013

Opinion: A unifying act that will heal our fractured past

Opinion: A unifying act that will heal our fractured past
David Thodey, Former Telstra CEO
Australian Financial Review
2 December 2013

Opinion: In the Beginning There Was...

Opinion: In the Beginning There Was...
Steve Irons and Melissa Parke
The West Australian
2 December 2013

Speech: Let's answer the call of history

Speech: Let's answer the call of history
Adam Giles, NT Chief Minister
RECOGNISE forum hosted by GHD and Carey Mining
24 September 2013

Speech: Let's fix it now

Speech: Let's fix it now
Priscilla Collins, CEO at North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency
RECOGNISE forum hosted by GHD and Carey Mining
24 September 2013

Opinion: Business must lift its game for first peoples

Opinion: Business must lift its game for first peoples
Gail Kelly, Former CEO of Westpac
The Australian
29 August 2013

Speech: Our Big Dreaming

Speech: Our Big Dreaming
Mark Yettica-Paulson, RECOGNISE spokeperson
Remembering Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" Speech
Melbourne University, 28 August 2013

Speech: We are standing at your doorstep, knocking, waiting, for my people to be let in

Speech: We are standing at your doorstep, knocking, waiting, for my people to be let in
Djunga Djunga Yunupingu, Senior Gumatj Elder on behalf of the Yolngu clans
Garma Festival, 9 August 2013

Opinion: A Need to Formally Recognise First People

Opinion: A Need to Formally Recognise First People
Ian Smith and Natasha Stott Despoja
The Australian
8 July 2013

Speech: Welcoming the Journey to Recognition to Adelaide

Speech: Welcoming the Journey to Recognition to Adelaide
Khatija Thomas, SA Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement
Adelaide Festival Centre
30 June 2013

Opinion: Gavin Wanganeen Reflects on His Indigenous History Ahead of the Journey to Recognition March Tomorrow

Opinion: Gavin Wanganeen Reflects on His Indigenous History Ahead of the Journey to Recognition March Tomorrow
Gavin Wanganeen, Former AFL player
The Adelaide Advertiser
29 June 2013

Speech: The Journey to Constitutional Recognition Speech

Speech: The Journey to Constitutional Recognition Speech
Aden Ridgeway, Former Senator
National Native Title Conference
3 June 2013

Opinion: Let's Join Hands to Eradicate an Historical Wrong

Opinion: Let's Join Hands to Eradicate an Historical Wrong
Josh Frydenberg and Richard Marles
The Weekend Australian
1 June 2013

Opinion: Twists and Turns on the Path to Reconciliation

Opinion: Twists and Turns on the Path to Reconciliation
Gabi Hollows, founding director of the Fred Hollows Foundation
The Sydney Morning Herald
30 May 2014

Speech: The C Word

Speech: The C Word
Dr Tom Calma AO
University of Sydney Law School
28 May 2013

Opinion: It Will Take Time and a Resolute Heart to Exorcise the Terra Nullius Demon

Opinion: It Will Take Time and a Resolute Heart to Exorcise the Terra Nullius Demon
Muriel Bamblett, Chief Executive of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
The Age, 26 May 2013

Opinion: Next Step is for Australia to Leave Race Behind

Opinion: Next Step is for Australia to Leave Race Behind
Noel Pearson, Chairman of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership
The Australian
25 May 2013

Opinion: It's Time to Finally Fix Our Constitution

Opinion: It's Time to Finally Fix Our Constitution
Michael Long, Legendary AFL player The Australian
25 May 2013

Speech: Sorry Day Address

Speech: Sorry Day Address
Tanya Hosch, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director
SKM Melbourne
24 May 2013

Opinion: Constitution Needs to Include Australia's First Chapter

Opinion: Constitution Needs to Include Australia's First Chapter
Aden Ridgeway, Former Senator
Sydney Morning Herald
14 February 2013

Speech: National Press Club Speech

Speech: National Press Club Speech
Tanya Hosch, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director
National Press Club Speech
13 February 2013

Speech: National Press Club Speech

Speech: National Press Club Speech
Jason Glanville, Former CEO of National Centre of Indigenous Excellence
National Press Club
13 February 2013

Opinion: Recognition: It's the Right Thing to Do

Opinion: Recognition: It's the Right Thing to Do
Tanya Hosch, RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director
National Indigenous Times
17 October 2012