Press Releases

Press releases from Recognise and the Expert Panel can be found below.

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Northern Teritory Field Campain launched
Date: March 28, 2017

RECOGNISE has launched its volunteer-driven Field Campaign in the NT, with Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal woman Mae Mae Morrison announced as the NT
Field Leader.

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Western Australia Field Campain launched
Date: March 27, 2017

RECOGNISE has launched its volunteer-driven Field Campaign in WA, with Nyoongar woman Bec Blurton announced as the WA Field Leader.

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Queensland Field Campain launched
Date: March 22, 2017

RECOGNISE has launched its volunteer-driven Field Campaign in the Queensland, with Gugu-Badhun, Ngadjon-ji, and Meriam man Ben Gertz announced as the QLD Field Leader.

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New South Wales Field Campain launched
Date: March 21, 2017

RECOGNISE has launched its volunteer-driven Field Campaign in NSW, with Yindjibarndi woman Natalie Klak announced as the NSW Field Leader.

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Fifty years on – celebrating a major mile-stone in Australia’s most successful referendum
Date: March 1, 2017

Fifty years ago this week the Australian Parliament debated a bill that would lead to the most successful referendum in Australia’s history.

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South Australia Field Campain launched
Date: February 27, 2017

RECOGNISE has launched its volunteer-driven Field Campaign in South Australia, with Ngarrindjeri man Luke Taylor announced as the SA Field Leader.

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Tasmania Field Campain launched
Date: February 22, 2017

RECOGNISE has launched its volunteer-driven Field Campaign in Tasmania, with Tasmanian Aboriginal woman Tracey Cleaver announced as the TAS Field Leader.

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Harvey Norman Rugby All Stars boosts campaign to change constitution
Date: February 10, 2017

In partnership with the NRL RECOGNISE will kick off its 2017 campaign as part of the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars.

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RECOGNISE Youth Campaign Kicks Off in Queensland
Date: February 1, 2017

The RECOGNISE Youth campaign kicks off in Queensland this week, with young people travelling from across the state to discuss constitutional recognition.

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LOGAN COMMUNITY COME TOGETHER TO TALK RECOGNITION
Date: November 17, 2016

The Journey to Recognition visited Logan yesterday to have a conversation about how to fix Australia’s Constitution. Over fifty members of the community joined the RECOGNISE team at Logan Gardens for a community afternoon.

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Music industry organisation and RECOGNISE join forces to create change
Date: November 14, 2016

APRA AMCOS, Australia’s leading music rights management organisation, and the RECOGNISE campaign have joined forces to raise awareness within the music industry of the need for constitutional change.

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Logan and Brisbane communities talk recognition
Date: November 11, 2016

Communities in Logan and Brisbane can join in a conversation about how to fix Australia’s Constitution when the national relay, the Journey to Recognition, comes to the sunshine state next week.

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WA Nationals Support For Recognition Welcomed
Date: November 1, 2016

RECOGNISE welcomes today’s support by the Western Australian National Party for the principle of constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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All states done; nation to come!
Date: October 27, 2016

RECOGNISE welcomes today’s unanimous vote in the Tasmanian Parliament to recognise Aboriginal people in the state’s Constitution.

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NEW HOME FOR RECOGNISE WA
Date: September 9, 2016

Community members in WA will now have better access to information about constitutional recognition with the opening of new headquarters for the RECOGNISE movement in Perth.

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Mark Yettica-Paulson appointed new RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director
Date: September 7, 2016

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leader, Mark Yettica-Paulson has been appointed as the new Joint Campaign Director for RECOGNISE, the awareness campaign for recognition of the First Australians and dealing with racial discrimination in our Constitution.

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Young people take recognition message to Indigenous representatives in new Parliament
Date: August 29, 2016

RECOGNISE Youth representatives will take their message of support for constitutional recognition to Canberra today to share with incoming Indigenous Federal Parliamentarians.

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THE JOURNEY HEADS TO THE SOUTH COAST
Date: July 19, 2016

From July 19 to 21 the Journey to Recognition relay will be making its way down through the New South Wales South Coast to talk about fixing the Constitution with local residents.

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STATEMENT FROM RECOGNISE: TANYA HOSCH
Date: June 22, 2016

RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director, Tim Gartrell today praised departing co-director Tanya Hosch, who will fill a newly created executive role leading Inclusion and Social Policy with the Australian Football League (AFL).

The new senior executive role is responsible for setting and driving AFL strategies and policies to promote inclusion and diversity.

Ms Hosch and Mr Gartrell have served at the helm of RECOGNISE, the campaign to raise awareness of the need for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and to deal with the racial discrimination in it.

Mr Gartrell praised Ms Hosch for her outstanding leadership and said her extraordinary hard work and dedication over four years had been absolutely vital to the strong and positive momentum building for constitutional change.

“For four years Tanya’s extraordinary courage and tenacity has been exemplary. Tanya possesses an almost unrivalled ability to engage people across the span of Australian society – from local communities to the Prime Minister’s office, from radical activists to conservatives. ” Mr Gartrell said.

“It’s been an honour and a privilege to lead this campaign together. She will be very hard to replace.
“Although she is leaving our organisation we know Tanya will remain one of the country’s leading advocates for the cause of constitutional recognition and I’m thrilled she has agreed to be an Ambassador for the campaign.

“Hats off to the AFL for creating this highly important, new leadership position. They’ve got themselves the best person for the job.

“Tanya’s legacy to the RECOGNISE campaign includes an incredible network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community working to support constitutional change.

“Levels of support for constitutional reform are consistently high and the campaign has almost 300,000 signed-on supporters.

“Tanya has driven this support and we should not underestimate the impact her work will have in helping shape our nation’s future.”

Mr Gartrell said among her campaign achievements, Tanya conceived the idea for the highly successful Journey to Recognition in 2013, which is currently traveling around Tasmania.

The Journey has travelled more than 35,000kms across the country, engaging with 260 communities through 344 events attended by 26,560 people.

Ms Hosch said she was excited to have the opportunity to lead this new major strategic initiative at the AFL to help drive real inclusion and equality in Australia’s much loved game.

“With millions of Australians supporting and watching football each week, the AFL holds a unique position where it can bring about real change in people’s lives. As a national organisation with a powerful voice, the AFL has a big role to play in making Australia a more inclusive and equitable society. I look forward to taking on this important work.”

Ms Hosch said there are strong connections between the work of the AFL, and Australian sport more broadly, and the goals of the RECOGNISE campaign.

“I am proud to have had the opportunity to jointly lead the RECOGNISE campaign over the past four years. Working alongside Tim Gartrell has been an enormous privilege. I am extraordinarily proud of the work we have done together, and the way we have conducted it.

“Shared leadership such as ours is incredibly rare and will remain a career highlight for me. Of course it was a difficult decision to leave the talented and dedicated campaigners at RECOGNISE.”

Ms Hosch said the campaign for constitutional recognition and ending racial discrimination in our highest legal document has significant momentum behind it.

“In just over 12 months this significant piece of work can be done. I look forward to continuing the campaign in support of constitutional recognition.”

Ms Hosch will remain a member of the Referendum Council and a RECOGNISE Ambassador.

RECOGNISE and the Board of Reconciliation Australia will shortly commence a process to recruit a replacement for Ms Hosch.

Media contact: Kate Meagher 0437 001 027 or 02 8204 1500

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Rabbitohs to feature RECOGNISE on the sleeve of home jersey for remainder of 2016 season
Date: June 17, 2016

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will feature the RECOGNISE logo on the sleeves of their home jersey for the remainder of the 2016 season. Rabbitohs co-major partner Crown Resorts has donated the jersey sponsorship property to RECOGNISE to help raise awareness for the organisation and their message of constitutional change.

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RECOGNISE YOUTH WORKSHOPS COME TO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
Date: June 17, 2016

Young leaders in the Northern Territory will gain a first-hand understanding of the important national issue of constitutional recognition as the NT RECOGNISE Youth Workshop kick offs in Darwin next week.

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TASMANIAN PARLIAMENT’S STEPS TO RECOGNISE FIRST AUSTRALIANS WELCOMED
Date: June 9, 2016

Tasmania is a step closer to recognising the long history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with the release of a draft amendment to the state’s Constitution to recognise the First Australians.

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SUPPORT FOR RECOGNITION CONTINUES AS A REFERENDUM DRAWS CLOSER
Date: May 27, 2016

Support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples continues with 77% of non-indigenous and 87% of Indigenous Australians saying they would vote yes in a referendum if held today.

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Our History, Our Story, Our Future – National Reconciliation Week 2016
Date: May 27, 2016

South Australian leaders, community groups and young people will gather to celebrate the launch of National Reconciliation Week 2016 (NRW).

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Tigers roar for RECOGNITION
Date: May 27, 2016

This Saturday the Kingsborough Tigers will showcase their talents in the inaugural RECOGNISE MATCH against the Hobart City Demons.

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REFERENDUM COUNCIL CONSULTATIONS A MAJOR STEP FORWARD
Date: May 13, 2016

The RECOGNISE campaign welcomes the announcement by the Referendum Council of a comprehensive consultation process about options for a model for constitutional recognition.

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REFERENDUM COUNCIL CONSULTATIONS A MAJOR STEP FORWARD
Date: May 11, 2016

The RECOGNISE campaign welcomes the announcement by the Referendum Council of a comprehensive consultation process about options for a model for constitutional recognition.

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SHARK ATTACK: on racial discrimination
Date: May 11, 2016

NRL stars Andrew Fifita and Wade Graham were amongst those to throw their unconditional support behind the RECOGNISE movement at Sharks training this week.

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ADAM GOODES KICKING OFF YOUTH RECOGNISE CONVERSATION IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Date: April 8, 2016

South Australian born AFL superstar, Adam Goodes visited Adelaide on Tuesday 5 April to support and promote his home state’s first RECOGNISE Youth Workshop and share words of wisdom with its Youth Reps.

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PAT ANDERSON CO-CHAIR APPOINTMENT A WELCOME STEP TOWARDS RECOGNITION
Date: March 15, 2016

The appointment of Alyawarre woman Pat Anderson AO as co-chair of the Referendum Council is another welcome step in the decades-long campaign for constitutional recognition.

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Journey to Recognition – travelling the Torres Strait Islands
Date: February 26, 2016

Island communities in the Torres Strait have welcomed the Journey to Recognition relay, as momentum builds for constitutional recognition.

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MOMENTUM FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION GATHERS PACE
Date: February 11, 2016

Renewed commitment across the political parties to work for a 2017 Referendum on constitutional recognition has been welcomed today by RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director, Tanya Hosch.

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NRL ALL STARS PROUDLY WEAR “R” TO SUPPORT INDIGENOUS RECOGNITION
Date: February 10, 2016

NRL Indigenous and World All Stars players will take to the field this week wearing an “R’” on their jerseys in support of recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution.

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Cricket Australia Steps Up Support for Recognise Campaign
Date: January 28, 2016

Cricket Australia and some of Australia’s leading cricketers are going into bat for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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CALD ORGANISATIONS DECLARE SUPPORT FOR RECOGNISE
Date: December 17, 2015

Nine national Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) organisations have joined forces to declare their support for the recognition of Australia’s first peoples in the Constitution.

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Referendum Council: the next step towards Constitutional Recognition
Date: December 7, 2015

Joint Campaign Director of RECOGNISE, Tanya Hosch, today welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of the establishment of the Referendum Council.

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AS AWARENESS OF RECOGNITION SURGES – NATION’S POLITICAL LEADERS MUST ACT
Date: November 10, 2015

Joint Campaign Director of RECOGNISE, Tanya Hosch, today said the findings of the latest round of public opinion research showed a surge in community awareness of constitutional recognition, that the nation’s political leaders must take advantage of.

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RECOGNISE RELAY TO TRAVEL TO THE MID NORTH COAST
Date: October 16, 2015

The RECOGNISE relay will visit Tamworth, Kempsey, Port Macquarie, Taree and Forster this week, engaging locals in the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution and remove racism from it.

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A RECOGNITION RELAY THROUGH NORTH CENTRAL NSW
Date: October 9, 2015

The RECOGNISE relay will visit Gilgandra, Wellington, Mudgee, Muswellbrook, and Gunnedah next week, engaging locals in the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution and remove racism from it.

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RECOGNISE RELAY KICKS OFF FROM GRIFFITH
Date: September 1, 2015

The RECOGNISE relay will visit Griffith, Darlington Point, Leeton, Narrandera, Lake Cargelligo/Murrin Bridge, Condobolin and Parkes from today, engaging locals in the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution and remove racism from it.

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RECOGNISE RELAY RETURNS TO BROKEN HILL AND BEYOND
Date: August 10, 2015

The RECOGNISE relay will visit Broken Hill, Dareton, Mildura, Balranald and Hay, engaging locals in the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution and remove racism from it.

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LAUNCH OF WESTERN AUSTRALIANS FOR RECOGNITION
Date: July 7, 2015

A big turnout is expected from Perth’s corporate, government and community sectors for the launch of Western Australians for Recognition today.

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REAL PROGRESS AT HISTORIC LEADERS’ MEETING ON NEXT STEPS TO RECOGNISE
Date: July 6, 2015

The RECOGNISE movement today welcomed fresh agreement on the next steps towards a referendum proposal to recognise the first Australians and deal with discrimination in the Constitution.

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DUBBO, WILCANNIA AND BROKEN HILL TO WELCOME RECOGNISE RELAY
Date: June 12, 2015

The RECOGNISE relay will visit Dubbo, Narromine, Cobar, Wilcannia, Menindee and Broken Hill over coming days, engaging locals in the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution and remove racism from it.

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TASMANIA WOULD VOTE ‘YES’ IN OVERWHELMING NUMBERS IF RECOGNISE VOTE WERE HELD TODAY
Date: May 29, 2015

IF a referendum vote were held today, four in five Tasmanians would vote yes to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the nation’s Constitution.

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AN OVERWHELMING ‘YES’ IF RECOGNISE VOTE WERE HELD TODAY
Date: May 18, 2015

IF a referendum vote were held today, three in four Australians (including two in three Coalition voters) would vote yes to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the nation’s Constitution.

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RECOGNISE RELAY REACHES BOURKE IN LARGEST REGIONAL EVENT YET
Date: May 12, 2015

The RECOGNISE relay will finish its latest leg in Bourke today, culminating in the largest regional event yet. The Bourke Community Festival will take place in Central Park from 11am – 3pm, featuring live music, dance performances, speeches and children’s activities.

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Statement from Recognise Joint Campaign Director Tim Gartrell
Date: May 5, 2015

RECOGNISE was established to increase public awareness and community support for the recognition of the first Australians in the nation’s Constitution and to ensure there is no place in it for discrimination. That remains our mission.

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RECOGNISE RELAY BACK ON THE ROAD: Journey through mid north coast and north west NSW
Date: April 30, 2015

The RECOGNISE relay will finish its latest leg in Bourke today, culminating in the largest regional event yet. The Bourke Community Festival will take place in Central Park from 11am – 3pm, featuring live music, dance performances, speeches and children’s activities.

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Latest snapshot of Australians: strong support to recognise and remove discrimination
Date: March 27, 2015

THE vast majority of Australians support changing the constitution to remove discrimination and recognise the first Australians, a major new poll of Australian attitudes has found.

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LATEST SNAPSHOT OF AUSTRALIANS: STRONG SUPPORT TO RECOGNISE AND REMOVE DISCRIMINATION
Date: March 27, 2015

THE vast majority of Australians support changing the constitution to remove discrimination and recognise the first Australians, a major new poll of Australian attitudes has found.

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LEADERS URGE: RECOGNISE FOR BETTER HEALTH
Date: March 5, 2015

The RECOGNISE movement has welcomed a powerful statement of support for constitutional recognition of the first Australians by a new coalition of more than 100 of the nation’s leading health and medical organisations.

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New South Wales supports campaign to Recognise
Date: December 2, 2014

New South Wales has become the first State to formally declare in-principle backing for a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution.

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Recognition relay closes for 2014
Date: November 28, 2014

The Recognise relay took its final steps for 2014 this evening in Brisbane, having travelled more than 28,000 kilometres to this point.

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CONQUERING EVEREST: A RIDE FOR RECOGNITION
Date: November 1, 2014

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

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QantasLink unveils special livery to Recognise the first Australians
Date: August 13, 2014

Qantas has joined the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution by unveiling a new QantasLink Q400 aircraft showcasing a large RECOGNISE logo on its livery.

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Recognition relay takes to the road again
Date: July 16, 2014

The Recognise relay will set off again on its epic journey across Australia, relaunching in Cairns today before making its way north across the Atherton Tablelands and up the Cape York Peninsula.

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Shared leadership for recognition movement
Date: July 11, 2014

The Recognise movement has formally reflected its shared leadership with the promotion of Tanya Hosch to Joint Campaign Director. Ms Hosch and Tim Gartrell will share the title and have equal responsibility for guiding the growing grassroots movement across the nation.

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Cricketers recognise NAIDOC Week
Date: July 5, 2014

Cricket Australia (CA) has today joined Recognise, the movement to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

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The movement grows
Date: June 4, 2014

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

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Gilly joins Michael Long to declare support for Recognise
Date: May 31, 2014

Former Australian test cricketer Adam Gilchrist has joined AFL legend Michael Long to support the Recognise movement – which seeks to recognise the first Australians in our Constitution and ensure there is no place for discrimination in it either.

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Tigers roar for Recognise
Date: May 30, 2014

The Richmond Football Club has today joined the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

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Saints seek to Recognise Indigenous Australians
Date: May 30, 2014

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

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Dodson urges us to take a ‘once in a generation opportunity’
Date: May 27, 2014

On the 47th anniversary of the 1967 referendum, the “Father of Reconciliation” will tonight urge Australians to seize a “once in a generation opportunity” to complete that work.

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The AFL Proudly Supports Recognise
Date: May 27, 2014

In its Indigenous round, the AFL will declare its backing for the Recognise campaign and promote it through every game in Round 11 of the 2014 Toyota AFL Premiership season.

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Adelaide Crows stand together to Recognise
Date: April 9, 2014

The Adelaide Football Club has today joined the people’s movement to RECOGNISE Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our country’s Constitution.

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Young Leaders: It’s time to recognise our oldest living culture
Date: April 4, 2014

Young Yolngu woman Budat Mununggurr is today 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.

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Recognition relay takes to the road again
Date: March 10, 2014

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

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Increase Awareness for Recognition
Date: February 20, 2014

Half of all Australians are now aware of the push to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution.

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Epic recognition relay reaches Perth
Date: December 1, 2013

Ernie Dingo and AFL legend David Wirrpanda will lead hundreds of West Australians along the iconic North Cottesloe Beach this morning as part of a nationwide relay to achieve Australia’s first successful referendum vote in a generation.

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INDIGENOUS ALL STARS: IT’S TIME TO RECOGNISE
Date: October 11, 2013

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.

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Darwin hosts re-launch of Journey to Recognition
Date: September 24, 2013

A trio of eminent Territorians will kick the Journey to Recognition back into gear in Darwin as it re-embarks on its epic relay, this time through the western state.

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Election day study confirms wide support
Date: September 7, 2013

Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution is uniting Australians across the traditional political divides.

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An issue to unite Australians
Date: September 2, 2013

The push to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution is uniting Australians across the traditional political divides.

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Indigenous Youth Push for Recognition
Date: August 10, 2013

A new youth-led campaign to pursue constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians has been unveiled today by Recognise and The National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

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Journey to Recognition Arrives in Garma
Date: August 9, 2013

After two and a half months on the road, the first leg of Australia’s Journey to Recognition has ended in the far north of the country.

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Rising Awareness on Recognition
Date: August 7, 2013

New research shows that public awareness has risen about the quest to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s Constitution.

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The Journey to Recognition Reaches Katherine
Date: July 31, 2013

The Journey to Recognition was welcomed to Katherine on Friday with a free event of storytelling, cultural performances and music by Aboriginal songwriter and performer, Shellie Morris.

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Katherine Welcomes the Journey to Recognition
Date: July 18, 2013

This Saturday, July 19, ten cyclists and their support crew will be arriving in Katherine after taking part in the historic Journey to Recognition.

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Multi-Party Support for Recognition
Date: July 10, 2013

Today the movement to recognise the first Australians in our Constitution welcomes the renewal of commitments from all sides of politics to take the next steps to a referendum within the next term of parliament.

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Aaron Pedersen Back Constitutional Recognition
Date: July 8, 2013

At the start of NAIDOC week, actor and storyteller Aaron Pedersen is throwing his weight behind the push to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s constitution.

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Alice Springs Welcomes the Journey to Recognition
Date: July 3, 2013

Australia’s epic Journey to Recognition will arrive in Alice Springs on Tuesday July 9, with the main event on Wednesday July 10. Coinciding with NAIDOC week, the event will be an opportunity to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and discuss why the first Australians should be recognised in our founding document.

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Adelaide to Welcome the Journey to Recognition
Date: June 30, 2013

Australia’s Journey to Recognition to recognise the first Australians in our Constitution arrives in Adelaide this Sunday.

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The Power to Recognise
Date: June 29, 2013

Port Adelaide will become the first AFL club to throw its weight behind the growing push to recognise the first Australians in our Constitution.

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Tribute to Mr Yunupingu
Date: June 3, 2013

Today we mourn the passing of a great Australian. The lead singer of Yothu Yindi was an inspiration – to us and to millions of Australians.

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Road to Recogntion
Date: May 25, 2013

AFL Legend Michael Long is calling on Australians to join him in taking the first steps in the nation’s ‘Journey to Recognition'. In this epic relay, campaigners will journey the length and breadth of the country to build support to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our Constitution.

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Timetable pledge welcomed
Date: March 15, 2013

Tony Abbott’s vow to release a draft amendment to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution within 12 months of becoming Prime Minister has been welcomed by the recognition movement.

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Nice one South Australia, now let’s make it national
Date: March 6, 2013

The passage of South Australia’s Constitution (Recognition of Aboriginal Peoples) Amendment Bill through the state’s lower house last night should speed the pace for a referendum on federal recognition.

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Bring it on
Date: February 13, 2013

Today the Act of Recognition will pass the House of Representatives.

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Big voices
Date: February 13, 2013

Two longtime champions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have joined the quest for constitutional recognition of the first Australians.

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On the road to recognition
Date: February 13, 2013

An ambitious plan to ensure a referendum can be held in two years – or less – will be launched today by the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our Constitution.

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A genuine partnership
Date: January 22, 2013

The people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution has urged politicians to appoint Indigenous Parliamentary Commissioners to advance constitutional recognition.

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Recognition is still the key
Date: December 10, 2012

Twenty years after Paul Keating’s watershed Redfern Park speech, the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Constitution has urged Australians to act on his call for recognition.

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Legends join the cause
Date: November 29, 2012

Music legends Yothu Yindi have thrown their weight behind the push to recognise the First Australians in our Constitution, with a stirring call to the nation to “come together for a better tomorrow”.

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Another step closer to our goal
Date: November 28, 2012

Australia has taken another step towards a great moment for the country, with the introduction of an Act of Recognition in Parliament today.

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Signs of bipartisanship on recognition
Date: November 19, 2012

The Coalition has signalled it will support an Act of Recognition of Indigenous Australians – as long as its MPs formally approve the legislation.

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Welcome signs of cross-party cooperation
Date: November 14, 2012

The people’s movement to recognise Indigenous Australians in our Constitution has welcomed signs of cross-party cooperation on an Act of Recognition as the next step towards a referendum.

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Gains made – but there’s more to do
Date: November 12, 2012

Awareness of the push to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution has risen strongly amongst Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – but dipped slightly in the rest of the community.

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The next steps
Date: October 31, 2012

Agreement across the Parliament for a joint select committee to progress Indigenous recognition has been welcomed by the people's movement to recognise the first Australians in our Constitution.

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Indigenous Australians say recognition could help to safeguard culture
Date: October 17, 2012

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people strongly believe constitutional recognition could help in protecting against the future loss of Indigenous cultures, a new survey by an independent research company has found.

Three-quarters of Indigenous people surveyed by Auspoll in recent weeks - 75 percent – said they thought formal recognition in our founding documents of law would help to safeguard Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures for future generations. 

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Pollies join the people’s movement for recognition
Date: October 16, 2012

Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin will today urge MPs to bolster the people’s movement to recognise the world’s oldest continuing cultures in our Constitution.

In Adelaide today, Ms Macklin will launch a new resource kit for MPs to promote constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

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Indigenous Australians say ‘Yes’ to recognition
Date: October 10, 2012

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people overwhelmingly want constitutional recognition, a new survey by an independent research company has found - even after the Government's decision to delay a referendum until after the 2013 election.

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Keeping our eyes on the prize
Date: September 20, 2012

You Me Unity, the campaign for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, welcomes the government’s decision to propose an Act of Recognition as the next step towards a successful referendum. We also welcome Labor's restated commitment to change the Constitution to formally recognise Australia’s First Peoples.

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Keeping language alive
Date: September 17, 2012

The campaign for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians, You Me Unity, welcomes today's report by a parliamentary committee calling for the preservation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.

The report suggests that of the 250 local languages spoken in Australia at the time of colonisation; only about 18 remain in strong use.

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Another boost for indigenous constitutional recognition
Date: August 29, 2012

You Me Unity, the campaign for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, has appointed Misha Schubert as its communications manager.

Misha has a strong public profile in national affairs, having spent the past decade working in the federal press gallery. She was, most recently, national political editor for The Sunday Age and a regular panellist on ABC TV's Insiders program.

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Students explore Constitution Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Date: August 9, 2012

A new school resource has been rolled out across the nation today to give students the opportunity to explore the issues involved in recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.

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Two outstanding Indigenous appointments for the constitutional recognition campaign
Date: June 18, 2012

You Me Unity, the campaign for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, has today announced two key appointments to the campaign team.

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Reconciliation Australia Welcomes Support for Constitutional Recognition
Date: February 15, 2012

Reconciliation Australia Co-Chairs Ms Melinda Cilento and Dr Tom Calma have welcomed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement that Reconciliation Australia is to lead the campaign to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the Constitution.

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Communiqué – Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Date: December 7, 2011

The Panel charged with advising the Commonwealth Government on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples could be recognised in the Constitution, convened for the eighth time on 7 and 8 December to finalise its report to the Government. Under its terms of reference the Panel is required to recommend the form of constitutional change that is likely to attract the support of the Australian people.

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Communiqué – Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Date: November 10, 2011

Research commissioned by the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has found an overwhelming majority of people surveyed support constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their heritage, cultures and languages.

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Communiqué – Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
Date: October 7, 2011

Research commissioned by the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has found strong support for the inclusion of a new guarantee in the Constitution protecting all Australians from discrimination on the grounds of race, colour or ethnic origin.

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The Panel Communique 29th July 2011
Date: July 29, 2011

A meeting of the Panel appointed by the Prime Minister to provide advice on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples could be recognised in the Constitution was held in Melbourne on 28 and 29 July and considered the outcomes of 40 public consultations held since May.

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Northern Land Council supports panel’s work
Date: July 8, 2011

The Northern Land Council has offered its support for the work of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians in finding practical means to acknowledge Aboriginal peoples in the Australian Constitution.

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The Panel Communiqué 4 May 2011
Date: May 4, 2011

The Expert Panel on the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians today agreed to an extensive schedule of consultations which includes meetings and discussions across urban, regional and remote Australia.

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The Panel Communiqué 16-17 March 2011
Date: March 16, 2011

National consultations to listen to, discuss and gather the views of the Australian people on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution will begin next month, to help inform The Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

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The Panel Communiqué 16-17 February 2011
Date: February 16, 2011

The Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians appointed by the Australian Government came to Canberra over two days for our first historic meeting.

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Closing the Gap – Prime Minister’s Report 2011
Date: February 9, 2011

The third report on Closing the Gap in Indigenous disadvantage has been released. This report fulfils the Australian Government's commitment to table an annual report to Parliament on progress in Closing the Gap.