Greens remain committed to Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Australian Greens said today that they supported efforts to hold a referendum on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples at or before the next federal election, reflecting the view of the Joint Select Committee.

"The Australian Greens have long supported Constitutional Recognition and ensured this issue was put on the table following the 2010 election. We remain committed to this important reform," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.

"As a member of the Expert Panel and the Joint Select Committee, I have had the opportunity to consult widely on Constitutional Recognition and understand that it is an important issue as we work towards genuine reconciliation.

"Our nation's founding document should recognise the First Peoples of this land and the archaic race provisions that remain within the Constitution should be removed.

"The Greens support the view of the Joint Committee, that we should work to hold a referendum at or before the next election.

"We also strongly support the Committee's position that we need a strong campaign to educate and inform the Australian community about this issue.

"I know that people are genuinely committed to this important change, and that by working together, a positive referendum outcome could be delivered.

"While the Prime Minister may have a different view on timing, above all else, we are committed to seeing a successful referendum on this issue and will continue working towards that outcome across party political lines," Senator Siewert concluded.