Posted by admin on July 7, 2013
The Australian Greens affirm that this year’s NAIDOC Week theme, ‘We value the vision: Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963’, emphasises the importance of the ongoing campaign to build support for Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate and recognise the culture, history and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues said today.
“This NAIDOC Week, we are also remembering the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Federal Parliament by the Yolngu people of Yirrkala in northeast Arnhem Land, the first time traditional documents were recognised by Federal Parliament.
“As we reflect on this first recognition, we are also looking ahead to the future referendum on recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution.
“The Greens are committed to seeing our founding document recognise our nation’s First Peoples.
“We made sure it was on the agenda following the 2010 election and I am continuing to work with the members of the Joint Parliamentary Committee to develop the wording of the question to be put to a referendum.
“MPs and people across the community need to work hard to build the campaign for Constitutional Recognition. There has been strong cross-party support for this campaign so far, and that spirit needs to continue.
“I encourage everyone to visit Recognise.org.au and help build momentum towards a yes vote when we get to the referendum,” Senator Siewert concluded.by