Constitutional reform

The Australian Constitution which is the basis for federal laws and the political system does not recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples of Australia with full and equal citizenship.

Also the Constitution provides a head of power that permits the Commonwealth Parliament to make laws that discriminate on the basis of 'race'.


Talk the Walk - a public forum on Constitutional Recognition

Talk the Walk forum

Talk the Walk forum on YouTube Link to external website.

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland, in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law and Recognise held a public forum to raise awareness, and discuss constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act .

This event coincided with the final leg of the national Recognise journey and was held at the Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point Campus on Wednesday, 26 November 2014.

The commentator for the forum was  QUT lecturer Dr Sandra Phillips, and the panel comprised:

  • Mick Gooda: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission;
  • Joan Sheldon AM: former Queensland Deputy Premier;
  • Ian Brown: Queensland Law Society President, and
  • Stephanie Parkin: lawyer at McCullough Robertson Lawyers.

Talk the Walk forum information.


Joint Select Committee report

On 28 November 2012, the Australian Parliament agreed that a Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples be appointed to inquire into and report on steps that can be taken to progress towards a successful referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition.

The Committee released its report in June 2015.


Constitutional reform resources