Equality and Government Accountability

Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Australia was founded on genocide. And in big and small ways everyday, first nations peoples are confronted with the consequences. Our founding document, the Constitution, is just one example of an institution that perpetuates racism and colonial power.

In January 2015, we made a submission on behalf of Liberty Victoria to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Our submission emphasised the current inconsistencies in the Constitution and protections that could be incorporated into the Constitutional to better adhere to Australia’s international human rights obligations and moral responsibility to its first peoples.