When our Constitution was formed, Australia was a different place. Today, our national identity and our relationships as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians greatly contrasts the ideas that were put forward in 1900.
Much of the disadvantage and inequality that is faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders stems from policies that have dictated the lives of Australia’s First Peoples. With this in mind, is it fair and just that our founding document omits the very existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders?
We say no.
Constitutional recognition is more than words on paper. By acknowledging the First Peoples of this land, we take a remarkable step forward in overcoming the injustices that face Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders today.