About this committee

The Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples was appointed by a resolution of appointment in March 2018.

The Committee presented its interim report on 30 July 2018 and presented its final report on 29 November 2018.



Past Public Hearings

18 Oct 2018: Canberra, ACT
16 Oct 2018: Canberra, ACT
12 Oct 2018: Cancelled

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Final report

November 2018

© Commonwealth of Australia 2018
ISBN: 978-1-74366-926-6

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Foreword

Membership of the Committee

Resolution of appointment

List of recommendations

1. Introduction

  Approach to the inquiry
  Conduct of the inquiry
  Structure of the final report
  A note on language

2. Designing a First Nations Voice

  Overview of the proposal
  Summary of findings from the interim report: principles, models and questions
  Further evidence on a First Nations Voice
  Examples of advisory structures
  Other proposed structures
  A process of co-design
  Committee comment

3. Providing a legal form for a First Nations Voice

  Why constitutionalise a First Nations Voice
  A constitutional provision to enshrine a First Nations Voice
  A process to implement a First Nations Voice
  Committee comment

4. Other proposals for constitutional change

  Repeal of section 25
  Consideration of section 51(xxvi)
  Extra-constitutional declaration of recognition
  Committee comment

5. Other issues raised by the Statement from the Heart

  Introduction
  The concept of ‘Makarrata’
  Agreement making
  Committee comment

6. Truth-telling

  Introduction
  The importance of truth-telling
  Ongoing impact of past actions
  Mapping history
  Commemorations and healing
  Suggested approaches to truth-telling
  A place of significance
  Oral history as a form of truth-telling
  Contested history
  Committee comment

Additional comments - Senator Amanda Stoker

Minority report - The Australian Greens

  Introduction
  Constitutional Enshrinement
  A Priority Referendum
  Process for designing a Voice
  Conclusion

A. List of submissions

B. List of hearings

C. List of previous recommendations

  Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, 2012
  Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2015
  Uluru Statement from the Heart, 2017
  Referendum Council, 2017

Committee Secretariat contact:

Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition
Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 4129
jsccr@aph.gov.au

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