Professor Patrick Dodson and Mr Mark Leibler AC will be the Co-Chairs of the Referendum Council.
Professor Dodson and Mr Leibler were the Co-Chairs of the former Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.
- Today we welcomed the agreement between the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, and First Peoples representatives to progress engagement on a proposal for constitutional recognition. Read out Statement here.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights organisation ANTaR today honours and pays its respects to the connection to land and sea of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - the oldest continuing cultures on the planet.
National Director Andrew Meehan said the week was a great opportunity for all Australians to pause, learn about, and pay respects to the Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander country, particularly that on which we walk and live each day, or travel through on a regular basis.
Advocacy organisation ANTaR said the tabling of the Final Report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was another milestone in moves towards a referendum.
National Director Mr Andrew Meehan said the Report formed an important part of the national conversation needed to finalise a proposal to put to a referendum.
ANTaR has just launched a petition calling on the PM, Opposition Leader and others to commit urgently to a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and ensure threre is no place for racial discrimination in it.
Sign our petition here - http://antar.org.au/petitions/recognition
ANTaR plays a key role in a group of leading NGOs who have released a media statement calling for a renewed sense of urgency to move towards a referendum to recognise the First Australians in our Constitution.
Media Release can be read here.