End the ‘silence’ for indigenous in Constitution: MP

THE "deafening silence" of the nation's founding legal document must end, and indigenous Australians must be recognised in the Constitution, Liberal MP Ken Wyatt told parliament on Thursday.

Mr Wyatt made the comment while tabling a high-level committee report urging a referendum by 2017 on indigenous Australians' place in the document.

The final report has recommended repealing or amending state government powers to make laws on the basis of race, and repealing Section 25 that allows people to be disqualified from voting on the basis of race.

Most the recommendations reflect the 2012 Expert Panel's recommendations on the referendum, but did not go as far as indigenous figure Noel Pearson's call for an indigenous body to review all national laws.

Instead, it urged constitutional conventions to come to a reform proposal.


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