Wednesday 11 November 2015
Bega Valley Shire Council will write to Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and local federal member, Dr Peter Hendy confirming Council's support to review and implement the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.
The issue was raised in Council by Cr Kristy McBain who said the Australian Constitution, while written more than a century ago, fails to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the original custodians of our land.
“They are a nation of peoples who had lived on the land for more than 40,000 years, sustaining and evolving the oldest living cultures on the planet,” she said.
The full resolution is as follows:
Support for a referendum to recognise the indigenous people as the first inhabitants of our land
RESOLVED on the motion of Crs McBain and Seckold
That Council write to the Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull and our local Federal Member of Parliament, Dr Peter Hendy, confirming Council's support for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 to review and implement the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.
In favour: Crs Taylor, Britten, McBain, Hughes, Tapscott, Seckold, Mawhinney, Allen and Fitzpatrick