Australia – Constitutional Reform and the recognition of Australia’s First Peoples

Constitutional Reform: Creating a Nation for all of us

A speech by Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, delivered on 23rd February at the Queensland State Library, Brisbane:

Introduction and Acknowledgement of Country

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests.

Before we start today, it is with respect and gratitude that I acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we meet.

I also acknowledge my Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters here today, Mr Mark Nolan (Chair of the Eidos Institute) and Professor Bruce Muirhead (CEO of the Eidos Institute), Institute Board Members, University representatives, distinguished guests.

Can I especially acknowledge Professors Boni Robertson and Chris Sarra.

Thank you for inviting me to come and speak with you today about a topic that I am passionate about and committed to: Constitutional Reform: creating a nation for all of us.

With the Eidos Institute focused squarely on the public policy environment, I have no doubt that you are all aware of the conversation that is just beginning – to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our founding document – the Australian Constitution.

Full text here

Further information on Constitutional reform from the Australian Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) is available here

The Law Council of Australia’s draft position paper on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians and further material is available here, on Marcia Langton‘s blog.


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