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Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition: Statement from the co-chairs

The Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples has just concluded hearings at the Barunga Festival and in the Kimberley.

The Committee conducted hearings at Barunga, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, Kununurra and Broome.  The Committee heard from organisations and individuals about how constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples might be implemented.

The Committee will be conducting hearings in Canberra on 18 and 25 June 2018.

It will be conducting further hearings in:

  • Dubbo - 2 July 2018;
  • Sydney/ Western Sydney - 3/4 July 2018;
  • Adelaide - 5 July 2018; and
  • Perth - 6 July 2018.

In particular the Committee is interested in hearing from witnesses about the design of the Voice proposal including proposals for constitutional change which emerged from the Uluru Statement from the Heart.  This includes:

  • Should the Voice be national, regional or local?
  • How should its members be chosen?
  • What functions should it have?

To make a submission on these issues please contact the secretariat on jsccr@aph.gov.au.

The Committee is due to present its interim report to Parliament on 30 July and the final report on 29 November 2018.


Media enquiries:
Senator Patrick Dodson (Western Australia), co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 0401 951 676.

Mr Julian Leeser MP (Berowra, New South Wales), co-chair of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 0450 116 011.

For background information:

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 02 6277 4129, jsccr@aph.gov.au.

Interested members of the public may wish to track the committee via the website. Click on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner and use the forms to login to My Parliament or to register for a My Parliament account.

Media release issue date: 13 June 2018

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