The First Australians Deserve to be Recognised

The story so far

 

Our Constitution is missing a crucial part of the Australian story – there’s not one mention of the tens of thousands of years of history of the First Australians, nor the unique contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to make today. In fact, whilst there are parts that mention lighthouses, beacons, buoys and Queen Victoria, Australia’s long and proud Indigenous history remains conspicuously absent.” – Oxfam

 

Aboriginal social justice commissioner Mick Gooda said recognition would add the first “long chapter” of Australia’s history to the Constitution. Actor Aaron Pedersen said recognition would be “a simple act of humanity”. Former Democrats senator Aden Ridgeway said it was about “inspiring and uniting all Australians”. Academic Jackie Huggins said it was a “noble and just” campaign to make Aboriginal people “visible” in the Constitution.

 

“Our forefathers have created one of the most magnificent countries on earth, perhaps the most magnificent country on earth, except in one respect – we have never properly acknowledged the first Australians,” – Tony Abbott

 

 

Public opinion

 

A clear majority of Australians are in favour of recognising Indigenous Australians in the Constitution, according to the latest data from Vote Compass.

Seventy per cent of respondents to the online policy tool, including a majority of Coalition voters, believe the Constitution should be amended to acknowledge Indigenous Australians as the first inhabitants.

 

Progress

 

Young people are becoming increasingly involved in moves to recognise the First Australians in our nation’s founding document. “RECOGNISE” is the people’s movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution, where you can sign up as a supporter and get family and friends involved as well. Find out more at http://www.recognise.org.au/

Oxfam has developed Students for Recognition – a movement of young people committed to making these important changes in our generation. By collaborating with Oxfam University Groups in universities nationwide, Students for Recognition is building awareness around Constitutional Recognition and its vital importance.

 

 

Supporting Oxfam

 

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) is an accredited out-of-home or foster care provider based in Sydney, N.S.W, Australia. PRFC was founded in 2001 to provide quality foster care to children and young people across Sydney, including contemporary, quality, family-based foster care and effective and specialist support services to children and young people and their families. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support such organisations as Oxfam as they encompass similar ideals.

Have you considered fostering a young one? PRFC undertakes regular planning and evaluation and has a focus on personal development and training. If you would like to become a foster carer and join our team providing effective and meaningful care to children and young people, please contact us!

We also provide family contact services, and these specialize in contact supervision for children in out of home care with their parents and other significant family members.

We can be reached at mail@phoenixrising.org.au

Learn more about our foster care agency in NSW at www.phoenixrising.org.au

 

How can we help?

 

It’s time to get behind the movement.

 Sign the pledge to support the Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians.

 https://www.oxfam.org.au/2013/10/constitutional-recognition-of-the-first-australians-fixing-our-incomplete-national-story/

 

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