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Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The submission to the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2018 was prepared by the Law Council. The Law Council is grateful for the assistance of the New South Wales Bar Association, the Victorian Bar, the Law Institute of Victoria and the Law Society of New South Wales in the preparation of this submission.

This submission responds to many of the issues that have been identified by the Joint Select Committee in its Interim Report dated 30 June 2018. On 15 June 2018, the Law Council provided the Joint Select Committee with written submissions based on the terms of its resolution of appointment. Further input was provided at a public hearing of the Joint Select Committee on 5 July 2018.

In addition to the earlier input provided to the Joint Select Committee, the Law Council again draws on its previous work on the topic of constitutional recognition, most notably the Law Council’s submission in response to the Referendum Council’s Discussion Paper on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and its submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

You can read the full submission below.

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