New group aims to get recognition rolling again
Pat Anderson, Professor Megan Davis, Andrew Demetriou, Murray Gleeson, Kristina Keneally, Mick Gooda, Tanya Hosch, Jane McAloon, Michael Rose, Natasha Stott Despoja, Noel Pearson, Amanda Vanstone, Dalassa Yorkston, Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu
A COUNCIL including indigenous leaders, academics, former politicians and the former head of the AFL will aim to break the political deadlock that has stopped constitutional recognition of indigenous people.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Monday the council would include indigenous advocates Noel Pearson and Galarrwuy Yunupingu, former AFL boss Andrew Demetriou and former NSW premier Kristina Keneally.
The chairmen of the former Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, Professor Patrick Dodson and Mark Leibler, co-chair the new council.
Mr Turnbull said the constitutional recognition had bipartisan support.
"This referendum is important for all Australians and we recognise this by our firm bipartisan commitment," he said.
"Recognition cannot solve every challenge in improving opportunities and outcomes for indigenous Australians but it will be a significant step forward."
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the committee was a "hugely significant" step in constitutional recognition.
"Constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is an overdue act of justice and I will do everything I can to make it a reality," Mr Shorten said.
"We need change that goes beyond symbolism or poetry. Recognition can't just be a nod to good intentions, it needs to be meaningful."
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Co-chairs: Professor Patrick Dodson and Mark Leibler
Council members: Pat Anderson, Professor Megan Davis, Andrew Demetriou, Murray Gleeson, Kristina Keneally, Mick Gooda, Tanya Hosch, Jane McAloon, Michael Rose, Natasha Stott Despoja, Noel Pearson, Amanda Vanstone, Dalassa Yorkston, Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu