Constitutional Reform

'Constitutional Recognition' Questions and Answers

 

Recognition

The arguments that mainstream media is hiding from you. The media and the government has only ever offered two sides of the story. One is the position the government calls for through their 'Recognition', which is a 'Yes Vote', and the other is the opinion of extreme right-wing racists. However, the grass roots First Nations people understand that their input has 'NEVER' been provided to the general public. Here we offer the alternative views of First Nations people who maintain their culture and know their Sovereign Rights, and they demand the self-determination and reject forced assimilation. Read more about 'Constitutional Recognition' Questions and Answers

Decolonisation Message to Sovereign Union

Decolonise

Letter to SU - '... While I fall into the white/migrant category of Australians I would have to be blind not to see the deceitful and exploitative nature of the Crown and its local agents, as well as the 'assimilate or die' tactics used against the Aboriginal people ...

Tolerating the Crown despite its crimes against humanity would amount to acquiescing to those crimes and inviting their continuation. Read more about Decolonisation Message to Sovereign Union

Even if there were a constitutional ban on racial discrimination, racism would remain entrenched

Maria Giannacopoulos, a lecturer and researcher in Socio-Legal Studies believes that Frank Brennan's recently published conservative position on Constitution reform, leaves us with a flawed structure and giving us only superficial changes.

Even though the problem Brennan seeks to address is racism, Brennan argues for leaving a racist structure undisturbed. Giannacopoulos believes he may have done this, because he does not view the Constitution through the larger lens of colonisation. Read more about Even if there were a constitutional ban on racial discrimination, racism would remain entrenched

Abbott Government Links Black Funding To Support For Constitutional Reform

Constitution Recognition

Unofficially, Recognise claims the debate has moved on and no-one, except for Noel Pearson, is talking about ‘Recognition' being in the form of fluffy words inserted in the preamble (Pearson is calling for Constitutuion Recognition, which would sit above the constitution in an attempt to drum up support from constitutional conservatives. It flies in the face of statements made by Prime Minister Tony Abbott suggesting the opposite - that we are not looking at any concrete suggestion to remove discriminatory clauses from the nation's founding document. Read more about Abbott Government Links Black Funding To Support For Constitutional Reform

The 'Recognition Campaign' and the gaping hole in Australian history education

Educating for Democracy - A letter by Ray Jackson, President, Indigenous Social Justice Association.

Ray reminds us of the hypocrisy in relation to the 'Recognition Campaign' after 227 years of silence, and at the same time in our education system, choosing not to recognise that the First Nations and peoples even existed or that each nation fought a bloody battle for the land and their rights. Read more about The 'Recognition Campaign' and the gaping hole in Australian history education

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