Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians
4 May 2011
The Expert Panel on the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians today agreed to an extensive schedule of consultations which includes meetings and discussions across urban, regional and remote Australia.
Members of the Panel, appointed by the Prime Minister, have already conducted preliminary discussions in Darwin and Sydney as part of their responsibility to gather and document the views of the Australian people on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.
Over the next six months public consultations and meetings will be held in all states and territories to engage directly with Australians. As well, the Panel will be receiving submissions in writing, through emails or via an interactive website.
The Panel, which met in Sydney on Wednesday, is made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders from urban, regional and remote areas and includes community and business leaders, academics and members of parliament from across the political spectrum.
A discussion paper and accompanying DVD will be released soon, as the starting point for consultations.
After conducting the national consultations, the Panel will report to the Australian Government in December this year on possible options for the constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and changes that are most likely to have strong community support.
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For more information on Indigenous Constitutional Recognition visit http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/indigenous/progserv/engagement/Pages/constitutional_recognition.aspx