The Council was a key recommendation from the meeting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives with the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in July. The role of the Council will include overseeing further community consultations as the proposed changes to the Constitution are finalised and the Australian people prepare for the referendum.
The members of the Council (in alphabetical order) are:Professor Patrick Dodson (Co-Chair)Mr Mark Leibler AC (Co-Chair)Ms Pat Anderson AOMs Megan DavisMr Andrew DemetriouMr Murray Gleeson AC QCMr Mick GoodaMs Tanya HoschProfessor Kristina KeneallyMs Jane McAloonMr Noel PearsonMr Michael RoseMs Natasha Stott Despoja AMMs Amanda VanstoneMs Dalassa YorkstonDr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM
Welcoming the announcement RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director Ms Hosch today said “the Referendum Council is a critical step along the road to a successful referendum campaign.
“The Council was a suggestion supported by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representatives during the meeting in Sydney on 6 July this year. An important element in the success of the Council will be bi-partisan support.”
Ms Hosch said the RECOGNISE campaign will continue to build community awareness and support for the need for constitutional change.
“Support for the RECOGNISE campaign is spread across Australian communities and continues to strengthen, with over 284,000 Australians now supporting the work,” she said…
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