STAND FOR RECOGNITION
Recognise the need to change the Constitution - for meaningful recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and dealing with the racial discrimination in it.
Nunka Wa Ru
YOUTH CAMPAIGNER, NSW
My great grandmother (Oodgeroo Noonuccal, also known as Kath Walker) was a very strong influence in the 1967 movement. It’s pretty cool, because a lot of the old aunties and teachers at school know of her and they get really excited. I want to continue the work she did, because I’ve always wanted to help my people. I’m hoping that constitutional recognition will give people a better insight into our country and if they’re here, living here, it’s their culture as well.
I'm not sure how many years I have supported RECOGNISE but I do remember being suddenly hit by this horrible realisation of how uneducated I was and that I didn't know the true story of this land. Constitutional recognition has to happen, as it will get the conversation started. It’s acknowledging that right from the beginning we had it wrong. I don't want to belong to a society that doesn’t cherish its origins.
TRAWLWULWUY WOMEN, TAS
There's a lot of Tasmanian Aboriginal families who've gone through this tremendously difficult time of having to suppress identity. That has been an effect of colonisation, that people have had to hide their identity, particularly in the regional areas of Tasmania.
The story of my ancestors is a rich story of resilient people who have made this place their home for more than 40,000 years. It is a story that must be honoured and acknowledged.
MABIUIAG ISLAND, TORRES STRAIT
I plea with the community of Australia to vote yes in the referendum, simply because it is our right and our recognition as the first custodians of the Torres Strait. In particular the Island of Mabuiag, which we have proven we have lived here for 7000 years plus. Vote yes and support us.
NEW SOUTH WALES
I feel like it’s the first step to real social change in Australia. We already had a referendum in '67 which did a lot of good, but I think it’s time again and I think that Australia is in a place now where we’re ready to accept the fact that there have been past wrongs and this is a really good way to step forward into reconciliation.
A lot of Aboriginal people have missed out because they were excluded - they weren’t included - in some parts of our history. How can you feel like a citizen if you are not written up in the Constitution as being here?
Final Report presented to Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition
30 Jun, 2017
The Referendum Council has today presented its final report to the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition.LEARN MORE
Read the History
A large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and organisations have campaigned for constitutional recognition for decades. Find out who has been calling for change.LEARN MORE