The Australian Government, as part of it’s commitment to pursuing constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, have appointed an Expert Panel consisting of 20 respected individuals, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and community leaders.
The Panel is tasked with leading a broad national consultation program to seek views from across the Australian community about ideas for recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in our nation's Constitution. These consultations offer an opportunity to share the work of the Panel and more importantly to seek views and ideas about Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
The Expert Panel will report to the Government on possible options for constitutional change to give effect to Indigenous constitutional recognition, including advice as to the level of support from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader community for each option by December 2011.
Two members of the Expert Panel, the Hon Fred Chaney AO and Mr Bill Lawson AM will be holding public consultations in Perth and Fremantle on 13 & 14 September. To find out more about these sessions visit the 'You, Me, Unity' website, as below: