The Commonwealth Government has received the report of the Expert Panel on Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Australian Constitution. This is an important and comprehensive report. The report has made five key recommendations for changes to the Australian Constitution, and a further set of recommendations on the process of the referendum.
Given the history of referenda being defeated in Australia, it is crucial that all Australians take the time to familiarise themselves with the Expert Panel report and its recommendations. It is important that any referenda proposal have the bipartisan support of Australia’s major political parties – the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal-National Party in particular.
Australians have a unique opportunity to develop a consensus for constitutional change just as we did with the historic referendum of 1967, which removed discriminatory references to Australian Indigenous people.
The Commonwealth Government will consider the Expert Panel’s report and recommendations.
A copy of the Expert Panel is available online at www.youmeunity.org.au