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Constitutional recognition must deliver benefits and enable treaties

Posted: Wed, August 17, 2016

CLC and NLC delegates at the joint land council meeting

A historic meeting of the delegates of the Central and Northern land councils at Kalkaringi today agreed on a shared position on constitutional recognition.

The delegates passed the following resolution:

“We reaffirm our commitment to the principles set out in the 1988 Barunga and 1998 Kalkaringi Statements.

Constitutional reform must deliver meaningful and enduring benefits for our peoples.

We are prepared to examine models for constitutional recognition that deliver such benefits.

Indigenous constitutional forums must be held in the NT involving Aboriginal people in the bush.

Any progress towards constitutional recognition must not endanger our rights to negotiate treaties to finally achieve self-determination.”

 

CLC: Elke Wiesmann | 0417-877579; media@clc.org.au

NLC: Murray McLaughlin | 0429-153363; media@nlc.org.au

For images of the joint meeting go to https://goo.gl/photos/qvrpsbmJfgeH6VdR8