----- Original Message -----To: Ture SjolanderSent: Friday, November 12, 2010 10:53 AMSubject: RE: Just another insult towards the Australian Aborigines
Dear Ms Sjolander
Thank you for your interest in constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians. Constitutional recognition is about recognising the special and unique place Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have in our nation and enabling us to move forward with as a nation which is enriched by the contribution of all Australians. This is an important step in strengthening the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, and building trust.
To progress this important reform the Government has moved to establish an Expert Panel that will include Indigenous and community leaders, constitutional experts, and parliamentary members from across the political spectrum. The Expert Panel will lead broad consultation during 2011 to build consensus on the recognition of Indigenous people in the Constitution and will be asked to develop options for constitutional change which will attract broad support from the Australian community.
For this referendum to succeed it needs this process of consultation and public discussion and it should be a conversation that all Australians involve themselves in.
For more information please see: http://www.fahcsia.gov.au/sa/indigenous/progserv/engagement/Pages/constitutional_recognition.aspx
Once again thank you for your interest.
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
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From: Ture Sjolander
Sent: Monday, 8 November 2010 7:11 PM
Subject: Just another insult towards the Australian Aborigines
The whole Australian Constitution has to be re-written!
Start from the other end of the equation!
The current constitution is a failure and completely unrecognizable. The present system will simply deliver another insult towards the Aborigines the way this matter is proceeding right now.
Not one decent human being can hold on to a system who have ignored and denied our aboriginals for such a long time. It is absurd!
A "recognition" is a decandent term. More, much more action is needed to correct this horrible and ongoing errors.