Exploring Perspectives: Conversations on Constitutional Recognition

‘Exploring Perspectives: Conversations on Constitutional Recognition’ in collaboration with  Inner West ANTaR and Marrickville Residents for Reconciliation took place, at the Ashfield Town Hall on 26 March 2014. The Women’s Reconciliation Network invites you to share this resource in schools, tertiary institutions, community groups and learning circles.



Kristen Grey CEO, NSW Reconciliation Council

Jeff McMullen AM, Journalist and Film Maker

Nicole Watson, Researcher Jumbunna House of Learning

Dr George Williams AO, Prof. Constitutional Law UNSW


What does the Australian Constitution do for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • How are the First Peoples represented in the Australian Constitution?
  • Why does the ‘race power’ under Section 51 (xxvi) of the Constitution need to change?

Why Recognition?

  • What are the key elements of reconciliation?
  • How can Recognition work for healing?
  • What was achieved by the 1967 referendum?
  • What is unfinished business?

What needs to change?

  • Recognition of the longer timelines of Australian history
  • Understanding the value of Constitutional Recognition
  • Building stronger relationships of trust and respect

What to do now?

  • work together to heal the wounds 
  • Engage the people’s movement for change
  • Spread your knowledge and understanding to others

Supporters: Recognise, Recognition Forums: Paddington and Ashfield/Inner West, Reconciliation Australia – for National Reconciliation Week 2014

This was a collaborative event involving ANTaR: Inner West and Sutherland Shire groups, Marrickville Residents for Reconciliation and Women’s Reconciliation Network.