Nov 8, 2010

Constitutional recognition of indigenous people

Constitutional recognition of indigenous people

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 8 2010

Labor Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today applauded Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement that the Government was looking to hold a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

“Many people in the Inner West have told me how touched they were by Kevin Rudd’s apology to the stolen generations in 2008,” said Mr Albanese.

“It is now time to take the next step, to include a statement in the Constitution acknowledging the special place of indigenous people in this country.”

The Prime Minister announced the establishment of an expert panel including indigenous leaders and constitutional experts to provide advice on the form such constitutional recognition should take.

People are encouraged to make nominations for representatives for the expert panel by emailing: [email protected] Nominations are open until 18 November.