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Recognise Gala shows groundswell of support for constitutional recognition

The Australian Greens said today the energy for constitutional recognition at the Recognise Gala last night was palpable, and have urged the Government to build on that energy and finalise the question to be put and set a date for the referendum.

"There is a groundswell of political and public support for constitutional change, which was on show at the Recognise Gala last night. We need to ensure this spirit continues," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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Greens urge Colin Barnett to engage on Constitutional Recognition

The Australian Greens have urged Colin Barnett to fully engage and support recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in both the State and Australian Constitutions.

"I encourage the Premier to re-think his position on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal people in Western Australia as a precursor to recognition in the Australian Constitution. It would be a good way of engaging Western Australians in the issue," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.

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Greens welcome release of interim report from Joint Committee on Constitutional Recognition

The Australian Greens have welcomed the release of the interim report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, saying it provides a foundation for upcoming public consultation, beginning in northern Western Australia next week.

"The tabling of the interim report is another step to Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

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Perth welcomes the Journey to Recognition

The Australian Greens have joined with supporters of recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution to welcome the Journey to Recognition at Cottesloe Beach in Perth today.

"The Journey to Recognition has been on an amazing 15,000km trip from Melbourne, via Darwin and Broome, helping build momentum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.

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Time for MPs to work together towards Constitutional Recognition

The Australian Greens have welcomed the passage of the Act of Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples through the Senate today.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, said today the Act is an important step towards a Referendum on Constitutional Recognition, but emphasised the need for politicians and the community to continue working hard towards this goal. 

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Greens remain committed to Constitutional Recognition

 

The Federal Government has today announced their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Bill and are in the process of establishing a Joint Parliamentary Select Committee to examine the Bill.

“The Australian Greens are committed to ensuring that the process from here is one which sets us on the best possible path towards a ‘yes’ vote when the referendum is held,” Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Greens won’t allow Constitutional Recognition to be pushed off the agenda

The Australian Greens remain committed to a referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples, viewing proposed legislation as a stepping stone to a successful vote.

“We accept this decision but are very disappointed that the timeframe for a referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples, as established in our agreement with the Government, cannot be met,” Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

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Perth to discuss Constitutional Recognition

Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert will join MP Ken Wyatt, Fred Chaney and Patrick Dodson tomorrow at the Constitutional Centre of WA to discuss the Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, as part of the Curtin Corner discussion series on public policy. 
 
Senator Siewert says she is excited by the prospect of discussing the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples recommendations with the people of Perth.

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