Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition - Interim Report

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition

Interim Report

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has presented its interim report to the Parliament.

As a committee, we have collected a great deal of evidence and insight through 12 public consultations and over 300 submissions. As co-chair, I would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who has prepared submissions and provided evidence to the committee.

Labor fought to establish the committee to keep the issue of constitutional recognition on the agenda of the Parliament.

Labor has worked hard through the committee to get cross-party support for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.  Labor is pleased the interim report puts all options back on the table, including constitutional change and the establishment of regional Voices.

While there has been significant work and consultation with First Nations people, most significantly the work undertaken since 2010; beginning with the Expert Panel and culminating in the Uluru Statement from the Heart and final report of the Referendum Council, the interim report is a new landmark in achieving multi-party support, and establishes the framework for substantial Parliamentary discussion on the options.

Over the next few months, the committee will be undertaking further consultations, traveling to other parts of Australia to speak with both First Nations and the broader community before delivering a final report in November.

I encourage First Nations peoples and the broader community to make submissions examining the principles and models outlined in Chapters 3 and 4 and addressing the questions we pose in Chapter 7.

The full report is available at the following link:

https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Constitutional_Recognition_2018/ConstRecognition/Interim_Report 

 

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