The continuing relevance of constitutional recognition

13 February 2015

The freedom of all people from non-discrimination is an inviolable right and cannot be subject to the whim and avarice of the government of the day.

Changes to the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders people are necessary to create an inclusive society, writes Professor Mick Dodson AM in the new ANU Reporter.

"There is growing support for the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples in the Australian constitution.

"In January 2012, there was a report to government on possible options for constitutional change to give effect to Indigenous constitutional recognition. A Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples was established and is due to deliver a final report on or before 30 June this year.

"In addition, an awareness campaign, called Recognise, has been afoot, travelling the country to educate and raise awareness within the Australian population both about the constitution and the prospects for change and recognition."

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