What’s wrong with our constitution?
1. There is no mention of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Peoples and their more than 50,000 years of history in the constitution
2. Section 25 allows State Governments to ban people from voting in elections on the basis of race
3. Section 51(26) is a race power which allows ‘special laws’ to be directed at people of a particular race. While this power allows laws to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage it also enables governments to make laws to the detriment of people on the basis of their race. It has been used to discriminate adversely against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the past.
What can young people do?
The 60’s saw massive civil rights action led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous young people working together. Think of the Freedom Ride and the 1967 Referendum - two of the most important events in the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights in Australia.
Today’s young people are just as critical.
ANTaR is working to build today’s youth led movement for constitutional change. Students for Recognition - Get involved on or off campus, and get active on our FB page to support student action for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.