Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM (AEDT)
Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples- Rural Law Seminar
Our Constitution was written more than a century ago. By then, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had lived in this land for more than 60,000 years, keeping alive the world’s oldest continuous cultures. But Australia’s founding document did not recognise the first chapter of our national story. Well that may soon change.
There is multi-party support for constitutional reform, which will for the first time provide recognition for Australia’s First Peoples. The movement for change is growing. Within the next 18 months voters will be asked via referendum to support or reject change. So what is proposed and how will you be voting?
The Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice at Deakin University invites you to participate in a free rural law forum discussing the proposed changes. The Q & A style forum will be hosted from Melbourne and video conferenced to eleven locations across Victoria
Panel members include:
Emily Chauvel, Project Facilitator Reconciliation Victoria
Emily works to raise awareness across Victoria, about the changes proposed for constitutional reform by the Expert Panel to recognise Australia’s First Peoples as well as protect all Australians against racial discrimination.
Greg Kennedy, State Coordinator for the Koorie Youth Council
Greg is a Tatti Tatti man whose role at KYC is to represent the voice of young Koories in Victoria to State Government. Greg was the recipient of the 2011 Ricci Marks Young Aboriginal Achiever Award and is currently completing an Undergraduate Business Degree at RMIT.
Shireen Morris, Constitutional Reform Research Fellow, Cape York Institute.
Shireen is a PhD candidate at Monash, working the issue of Indigenous recognition and removal of racial discrimination from the Constitution, and has published several academic and policy papers on this topic.
Questions will be welcome from all sites during the forum and we encourage you to let us know in advance if you have a specific question you would like to ask. Please email to email@example.com.
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Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice
The mission of the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice is to enhance access to improved justice systems and services for rural and regional Australians through research, education, engagement and advocacy.
The Centre for Rural and Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ) is a unique centre of the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University which draws on cross disciplinary knowledge and expertise, and provides an opportunity to engage meaningfully with regional communities, services, industry and government.