Illawarra urged to support Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians

The Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, and the Federal Member for Throsby, Stephen Jones, today urged all Illawarra residents to show their support for the Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

Yesterday the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander handed its report to both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

The report’s conclusions, based on thousands of discussions with individuals and organisations, submissions and public consultations, across Australia, is that:

  • The Australian Constitution should ensure the equality of all Australians
  • Constitutional recognition will more accurately reflect Australia’s national identity, and
  • Constitutional recognition will go some way to building a stronger relationship among all Australians for the future.

“The Panel report is comprehensive. It is available online at

“I urge all Illawarra residents to examine the report and its recommendations, and show support for the Constitutional recognition of our Indigenous Australians”, Mr Jones said.
Ms Bird said that, “Constitutional change has a chequered history in Australia, with most referendum proposals failing to gain support.

“We need to develop a consensus for Constitutional change just as Australians did with the historic referendum of 1967, which removed discriminatory references to Australian Indigenous people.”

The Commonwealth Government will now consider the Panel’s report and recommendations.