The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has welcomed the decision of the Referendum Council to proceed with the Indigenous consultations for First Nations Peoples and ensuring there will be enough time for people to be informed and are able provide their views.
National Congress Co Chairs Mr Rod Little and Dr Jackie Huggins have had great concerns as there has been no time for a proper informed discussion on what this will mean for First Nations Peoples.”
“We have not had the debate; we have not had the conversations.
“It has taken a long time and people are concerned about that.” Dr Huggins said.
Both the Expert Panel and the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Reports have been delivered, a significant body of work with a number of recommendations.
“As yet there has been no response at all from government to any of these reports.
“It would have been immensely useful to have some parameters within which to frame these discussions,” Mr Little Said.
The National Congress has committed itself to ensuring that our people are informed consulted and have a say in this process.
Please direct interview requests to:
Tamara Giles, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples
0457 877 408 / Tamara.Giles@nationalcongress.com.au