Communique - 25 November 2016

Indigenous AffairsConstitutional RecognitionReferendum Council
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Publication author(s):
Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

The Referendum Council met at Parliament House, Canberra, today to progress steps towards a national referendum on constitutional recognition.

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The Referendum Council met at Parliament House, Canberra, today to progress steps towards a national referendum on constitutional recognition.

The Prime Minister the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP and the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon Bill Shorten MP, attended the meeting to discuss the work the council has undertaken to date, as well as to receive an update on the council’s future plans.

The meeting was also attended by the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, Senator Patrick Dodson, Shadow Minister for Human Services, the Hon Linda Burney MP, and Senator Malarndirri McCarthy.

The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition both reaffirmed their strong, bipartisan commitment to the Referendum Council’s work.

The Referendum Council remains committed to maintaining momentum in its consultations and providing all Australians with the opportunity to consider all possible proposals for constitutional change.

The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition asked the Council to progress its work without delay and to provide its report by 30 June 2017 to enable the Parliament to give due consideration to the issues.

The council has now published a discussion paper designed to support conversations with Australians about five key proposals, available on its website. The Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition had previously endorsed these proposals forming the basis of consultations.

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