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Indigenous advocate recommends both Treaty and constitutional recognition

text TreatyLet’s have treaty and constitutional recognition, Indigenous referendum chief says, SMH May 27, 2016 

 The chief advocate for constitutional recognition of Indigenous people has elevated the possibility of a treaty between Aboriginal people and Australian governments, rejecting the “false” idea the country must choose between the two options.

Tanya Hosch, joint campaign director of Recognise, also expressed optimism that a referendum on constitutional recognition could still happen in 2017 as new polling reaffirms overwhelming support for change.

“For me and so many other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples who support treaty and constitutional recognition, we know that this is not an either/or choice,” Ms Hosch, a Torres Strait Islander, told a Reconciliation Week breakfast on Friday morning.

“We should not be asked to choose … Treaty and constitutional recognition can co-exist. We can work for both. Repeated legal advice makes that clear,” she said.

Polling conducted for Recognise finds 77 per cent of non-Indigenous people and 87 per cent of Indigenous people would vote “yes” for constitutional change if a referendum were held today.

……….Support for a formal treaty or treaties between First Australians and Australian governments has been consistently strong, especially among Indigenous people, and momentum is growing.The Victorian government is in talks with Indigenous communities over the possibility and the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples says there is a strong preference among its membership for a treaty over constitutional recognition………

May 28, 2016 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL

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