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Appointment to Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Federal Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan is delighted to announce her appointment to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR).

The committee is appointed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate to inquire into, and report on matters relating to constitutional change. It will consider the recommendations of the Referendum Council (2017), the Uluru Statement from the Heart (2017), the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (2015) and the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians (2012).

Ms McGowan said the committee would examine the methods by which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are currently consulted and engaged on policies and legislation which affects them.

“It will consider if, and how, self-determination can be advanced, in a way that leads to greater local decision making, economic advancement and improved social outcomes,” Ms McGowan said.

“The committee will recommend options for constitutional and legislative change which meet the expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and secure the support of all Australians.

“I am honoured to be part of a committee that will be jointly chaired by Labor Senator Pat Dodson and Liberal MP Julian Leeser. Among its 11 members is Sussan Ley MP, my colleague from the neighbouring Farrer electorate.

“I encourage everyone to make a submission to the inquiry when details are released on the website at https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Joint/Constitutional_Recognition_2018

“An interim report is due by 30 July 2018 and a final report by 29 November 2018. Hearings will begin in mid-April and will be held around Australia.”

Full details of the committee and its Terms of Reference are available at the website.


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