Parliamentary report recommends referendum for indigenous recognition

Parliamentary report recommends referendum for indigenous recognition

A multi-partisan report has been handed to federal-parliament today,  recommending a referendum be held in to the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.

The report has been collated by a multi-party parliamentary committee, tasked with making recommendations about Indigenous recognition.

A leaked copy of the report suggests the proposal for a referendum has the support of the Liberals, Labor and the Greens, and suggests a referendum be held in 2016, after the next federal election.

The report also suggests removing provisions from key parts of the constitution that allow for racial discrimination.

It says the referendum should consider including a provision to recognise that Australia was first occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The report says a change to the constitution should also acknowledge the continuing connection of Indigenous people to their traditional lands and waters and respect continuing Indigenous cultures, language and heritage.

Many of the recommendations are in line with the report from an expert panel, that provided advice to the Gillard government in 2012.

It is epxected provide a framework for further discussions Prime Minister Tony Abbott plans to hold with Indigenous representatives next month.

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