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There is multi-party support for constitutional reform, which will for the first time provide recognition for Australia's First Peoples. The movement for change is growing. Within the next 18 months voters may be asked via referendum to support or reject change.
Our panel gave a background to constitutional amendments in Australia and discussed impacts of the proposed changes. Support and criticisms of the model proposed were explored, as well as identification of a path toward change. We also considered the various positions held by Indigenous Australians on this proposed amendment.
Emily Chauvel, Project Facilitator Reconciliation Victoria
Emily works to raise awareness across Victoria, about the changes proposed for constitutional reform by the Expert Panel to recognise Australia's First Peoples as well as protect all Australians against racial discrimination.
Greg Kennedy, State Coordinator for the Koorie Youth Council
Greg is a Tatti Tatti man whose role at KYC is to represent the voice of young Koories in Victoria to State Government. Greg was the recipient of the 2011 Ricci Marks Young Aboriginal Achiever Award and is currently completing an Undergraduate Business Degree at RMIT.
Dylan Lino, Constitutional Researcher
Dylan has been researching constitutional reform concerning Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples since 2010. This has been under a research project with Professor Megan Davis at UNSW's Indigenous Law Centre, as well as part of a PhD at Melbourne Law School's Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. He has taught at the University of Western Sydney, UNSW and the University of Melbourne and is currently based in Boston in the US.