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Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:18

New resources on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

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aboriginal men holding flagA new book "Everything you Need to Know About the Referendum to Recognise Indigenous Australians" details how the Australian Constitution was drafted, and shows how Aboriginal peoples came to be excluded from the new political settlement.

referendum bookIt explains what the 1967 referendum – in which over 90 per cent of Australians voted to delete discriminatory references to Aboriginal people from the Constitution – achieved and why discriminatory racial references remain. The book shows the symbolic and legal power of such a change and how we might get there. Concise and clear, it is written by two of the best-known experts in the country on matters legal, Indigenous and constitutional. This is essential reading on what should be a watershed occasion for our nation. Authors: Megan Davis and George Williams.

A recording of a 2014 forum on constitutional recognition organised by the Women’s Reconciliation Network is now available on DVD entitled, ‘Exploring Perspectives: Conversations on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.’

The Women’s Reconciliation Network invites you to share this valuable resource in schools, tertiary institutions, community groups and learning circles. The 27-minute DVD includes presentations by: Kirsten Grey, Kamilaroi/Muruwari Woman, CEO NSW Reconciliation Council; George Williams AM, Professor of Constitutional Law UNSW; Nicole Watson, Birri Gubba Woman, Researcher, Jumbunna House of Learning UTS; and Jeff McMullen AM, Journalist and Film Maker. The DVD costs $10. To purchase copies, contact Sr Helen Kearins at the ACSJC on (02) 8306 3499 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(Feature photo from iStock)

Read more on the book and how to purchase the print or electronic version.

These report came from items contained in the June 2015 issue of the ACSJC Briefing, the monthly newsletter of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council.