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Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples final report

Posted on: 13 July, 2015
Issue: Vol 15 No 3, July 2015 – September 2015
Related to Cultural ways Policies

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2015)
Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples final report
Canberra: Parliament of Australia

This is the final report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. It was established to inquire into and report on steps that can be taken to progress towards a successful referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition. In this report, the committee reiterates its support for the following three conditions:
  • recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia
  • preserve the Commonwealth’s power to make laws with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • in making laws under such a power, prevent the Commonwealth from discriminating against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The committee considers that a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples has the greatest chance of success if these conditions are met.

Abstract adapted from Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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