Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition - Final Report
Posted in What I'm Reading | November 30, 2018
Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recongition
On November 29, the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People tabled its final report. The Committee was chaired by Julian Leeser MP and myself, Senator Patrick Dodson.
The Committee was established in March, presented its interim report in July, and has held 27 hearings in communities around Australia:
- In June and July, the Committee held hearings in Kununurra, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Broome, Canberra, Dubbo, Sydney, Adelaide, and Perth. The Committee also attended a meeting of the four Northern Territory Land Councils at Barunga
- In September and October, the Committee conducted additional public hearings in Canberra, Wodonga, Shepparton, Melbourne, Thursday Island, Townsville, Palm Island, Brisbane, and Redfern.
The Committee received nearly 500 submissions and 47 supplementary submissions.
In its interim report, the Committee considered the proposal coming from the Statement of the Heart for a Voice to the Parliament in detail. Since July the Committee continued to seek the views of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and others about how best to achieve constitutional recognition.
In this final report, the Committee endorses the proposal for a Voice. The Committee recommends a process of co-design between government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to work through the detail of the Voice, during the term of the 46th Parliament.
The report makes four key recommendations.
The Australian Government must initiate a process of co-design with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop a Voice to Parliament.
Following a process of co-design, the report recommends the Government consider legislative, executive and constitutional options for the Voice.
The Committee recommends the Australian Government support the process of truth-telling, on a national and regional level.
Finally, the Committee recommends that the Australian Government consider the establishment, in Canberra, of a National Resting Place for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander remains. This could be a place of commemoration, healing and reflection.
Labor supports a Voice. We support enshrining it in the Constitution, and this will be our first priority for Constitutional change.
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