by Leanne Wood on 19/01/2012 2:49 PM
A report on how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples could be recognised in the Constitution was presented today to the Prime Minister.
Recommendations in the report include recognising and respecting the continuing cultures, languages and heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples, removing racist elements from the Constitution and prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of race, colour or ethnic or national origin.
The report, by members of the Panel on Constitutional Recognition, draws on extensive consultations across the country, more than 3500 submissions received, research and national surveys as well as meetings with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders and the advice of constitutional law experts.
A ‘plain English’ version of the Executive Summary and the recommendations is also available.