Interim report on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians

15 July 2014

Joint media release

Senator the Hon George Brandis QC

Minister for Indigenous Affairs
Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion

The Government welcomes the tabling today of the interim report of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

The Government believes that appropriate constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples can be a unifying moment for the nation. It is our intention to recapture the spirit of the 1967 referendum – the most significant constitutional milestone so far in according proper respect for our nation’s first peoples.

The Government remains committed to pursuing recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution. This commitment has widespread parliamentary support and the Joint Select Committee is to be congratulated for building a strong multi-partisan parliamentary consensus on proposals for change.

The Government will carefully study the interim report and take the time that is necessary to ensure that any proposal enjoys the maximum prospects of success at a referendum.

We thank the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Committee, Mr Ken Wyatt AM MP and Senator Nova Peris OAM, as well as the other members of the Committee, for their important work to date to progress towards a successful referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition.