The Tasmanian Department of Premier and Cabinet has put forward a proposal to amend the Tasmanian Constitution's preamble to recognise Aboriginal people.
Recognition of Aboriginal people in Tasmania’s constitution is a move that is supported by the Australian Christian Lobby as outlined in our submission. ACL has previously given support to the Tasmanian parliament in 2015.
ACL welcomes the proposed amendment and see it as a positive step towards recognition of Aboriginals in the Tasmanian constitution. The submission suggested the addition of an exclusionary provision to ensure the change is a powerful symbolic step towards reconciliation and to honour this state’s first peoples in its foundational document. Tasmanian recognition at this time will also send a strong message of affirmation for Aboriginal recognition in the Commonwealth Constitution.
On a national level, ACL has played a constructive role in the debate regarding recognition in the Commonwealth Constitution. ACL’s Managing director Lyle Shelton was asked to contribute a chapter to the Melbourne University Press-published book The Forgotten People.
You can read ACL's submission here.