Myth: “There is no need to change the constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We’re all Australians and the recognition discussion is divisive.”
The Constitution is Australia’s “rule book” and considered a founding document of the country. But how can it represent all Australians – and be a complete founding document – if it ignores the fact Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have lived here for over 50,000 years?
In fact, the Constitution has been used to the detriment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. That’s why it’s also important to remove the provisions of the Constitution that allow for racial discrimination.
As Indigenous MP Linda Burney says:
For me it's a no brainer. Where is the downside in recognising Aboriginal people in the Australian constitution? Every first world nation with a colonial history has done it - bar Australia.
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