The Federal Govt and Opposition have settled on the extended-awaited Referendum Council to seek advice from on the best prospect of recognising Indigenous Australians in the structure.
Advocates of change are hopeful the sixteen-member council will break the deadlock in the discussion more than the query that would be put to voters.
Referendum Council members:
- Professor Patrick Dodson (co-chair)
- Mark Leibler AC (co-chair)
- Pat Anderson AO
- Professor Megan Davis
- Andrew Demetriou
- Murray Gleeson AC QC
- Kristina Keneally
- Mick Gooda
- Tanya Hosch
- Jane McAloon
- Michael Rose
- Natasha Stott Despoja AM
- Noel Pearson
- Amanda Vanstone
- Dalassa Yorkston
- Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM
The council was predicted to be named close to the time Tony Abbott was toppled as key minister in mid-September and the time lag has caused wonderful aggravation for some advocates.
Membership of the council was negotiated in between Key Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Chief Monthly bill Shorten.
It includes distinguished Indigenous advocates for modify from across the place — Pat Dodson, Pat Anderson, Noel Pearson, Mick Gooda, Megan Davis and Galarrwuy Yunupingu.
They will be joined by previous Labor NSW premier Kristina Keneally, previous Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja and former federal Liberal indigenous affairs minister Amanda Vanstone.
Previous AFL chief Andrew Demetriou, senior lawyer and advocate Mark Leibler and former high courtroom chief justice Murray Gleeson are also members.
The taxpayer-funded campaign for constitutional change Recognise will also have a voice on the committee through joint marketing campaign director Tanya Hosch.
Opposition Chief Invoice Shorten described the development of the committee as a “hugely considerable” step.
“Constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is an overdue act of justice and I will do almost everything I can to make it a fact,” Mr Shorten stated.
“This is a improper that must be made proper.
“We need to have modify that goes beyond symbolism or poetry. Recognition cannot just be a nod to good intentions, it demands to be meaningful.
“Previously mentioned all, it need to be shaped by the empowered voices of the first Australians.”
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