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Many Aussies might not know that our Constitution still permits racial discrimination, making Australia the only country with a Constitution that allows 4 discrimination against its Indigenous people

Many Australians might not know that our Constitution still permits racial discrimination, making Australia the only country with a Constitution that allows for discrimination against its Indigenous peoples based on their race.

This needs to be redressed to ensure that equal rights and respect are given to Indigenous Australians in law, and to bring our national Constitution into accord with the values of contemporary Australian society.

The Constitution of Australia, created in 1900, is the most powerful set of laws in the nation. Our highest court, the High Court, has the final say on interpreting the Constitution and only the Australian people have the power to change it (through referendums).

As well as being a set of laws, a Constitution reflects a nation’s values, its idea of itself. Indigenous Australian peoples and cultures, as part of the world’s longest continuing tradition, form a key part of that idea.

Recognition and acknowledgment of Indigenous Australian peoples and cultures past and present in our Constitution would show our valued place as part of our national identity.

Acknowledging Indigenous Australians in the preamble in a way that recognised and valued their special place as the first Australians would not give us more rights than other Australians.

Changing the body of the Constitution to include equality and protection from discrimination would give all Australians the benefit of better rights protections.

For more info, please go to
http://www.reconciliation.org.au/home/reconciliation-resources/facts--figures/qa-factsheets/indigenous-australians-and-the-constitution

1. Our Constitution still permits racial discrimination & is the only country that does so against its Indigenous peoples

2. Changing the body of the Constitution to include equality & protection from discrimination would give all Australians better rights protections

3. Acknowledging Indigenous Australians in the constitution would not give us more rights than other Australians

4. In Australia the only way anything can be changed in the Constitution is through a referendum

5. As Aussies, we believe in equality and a 'fair go' so please show your support :)