Call for a clear pathway and process for Constitutional Recognition of Australia's First Peoples

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We call on:

The Prime Minister, Opposition Leader and other political leaders to commit urgently to a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and ensure there is no place for racial discrimination in it.

This commitment needs to include:

  • Setting a date for a referendum, to be held no later than Saturday 27 May 2017 (the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum);
  • Announcing a timetable and process for the finalisation of the words to change the Constitution that will be put to the people in a referendum;
  • An undertaking that those words will be meaningful and address the lack of recognition in the Constitution and address racial discrimination;
  • An agreement to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples about those words; and
  • An agreement that the political parties will work together and continue the multiparty support for this change so a referendum unites, not divides, the nation.

We call on Australia's political leaders to commit to these steps before the end of this year.