A step towards recognition

The House of Representatives has agreed to form a committee to inquire into recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. 

Mar 8, 2018

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition will consider previous recommendations, including those of the Referendum Council and the Uluru Statement from the Heart. It will investigate the ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are consulted on issues which affect them.

In supporting the idea for the committee, the Hon Linda Burney MP said, ‘This committee will provide us with an opportunity to come together in a spirit of bipartisanship and with the goodwill to constructively realise the aspirations of First Nations peoples outlined in the Uluru statement. It is clear that the First Nations people want a greater say, involvement and participation in the decisions that affect them.’

The committee will be made up of members of the House of Representatives and senators from across the political spectrum. It is due to report in November this year.