Reply from Tony Abbott’s office re First Peoples voices in Parliament

RE: First Peoples voices in Parliament

from Abbott, Tony (MP) Tony.Abbott.MP at aph.gov.au via songlines.org.au
to Bruce Reyburn
date Thu, Feb 9, 2012 at 3:09 PM
subject RE: First Peoples voices in Parliament
mailed-by songlines.org.au

Thank you for your email following the release of the final report by the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

The Coalition has a proud history of seeking to secure indigenous recognition in the Constitution. Since 2007 it has been Coalition policy to hold a referendum on the addition to the Constitution of a preamble recognising Indigenous Australians. We also support the repeal of obsolete racially discriminatory provisions.

Importantly, the key objective of any referendum is to achieve a unifying moment for the nation similar to that achieved by the 1967 constitutional referendum.

It is in that spirit that the Coalition will now carefully study the report and then release a formal response.

In examining the report we will be looking closely at the potential legal ramifications of any specific anti-discrimination power.

Thank you again for your email.

Yours sincerely

Office of the Hon Tony Abbott MHR

From: Bruce Reyburn [mailto:reyburn at songlines.org.au]
Sent: Monday, 30 January 2012 3:36 PM
To: Abbott, Tony (MP)
Subject: Re: First Peoples voices in Parliament

Amended questions, please note changes

The Hon Tony Abbott
Leader of the Opposition
Parliament House
Canberra

Dear Mr Abbott,

Do you agree that, after 110 years of Federation under the 1901 Constitution, it is time for the voices of Australia’s First Peoples to have some institutionalised form of representation so their voices and concerns can be clearly heard within the new Parliament House?

If so, what do you and the Opposition you lead propose to do about it?

If not, why not?

Yours truly

Bruce Reyburn
P.O. Box 257
Thirroul NSW 2515

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