Time to recog­nise

Isis Town and Country - - News -

AUS­TRALIAN Greens Leader Chris­tine Milne said 2015 was the year Aus­tralia should recog­nise Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple in the Con­sti­tu­tion, with a ref­er­en­dum that was fully un­der­stood and sup­ported by the com­mu­nity. Se­na­tor Milne called for the move on Aus­tralia Day, and recog­nised the strug­gle in­dige­nous Aus­tralians face in so­ci­ety. “Aus­tralia’s first peo­ple are still strug­gling in so many ways, with dis­pro­por­tion­ate rates of in­car­cer­a­tion in Aus­tralia’s prisons, with real poverty, with home­less­ness,” the Se­na­tor said. “I’m call­ing on Prime Min­is­ter Ab­bott to get his head out of knights and dames and giv­ing hon­ours to Prince Philip, and in­stead put real ef­fort into the cam­paign for giv­ing recog­ni­tion to Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­landers in the Con­sti­tu­tion.”

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