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APO (NT) Submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians

Aboriginal Peak Organisations (NT) Submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians - September 2011

SUBMISSION FROM APO NT TO THE EXPERT PANEL ON CONSTITUTIONAL RECOGNITION OF INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS - SEPTEMBER 2011

The Expert Panel should recommend that Australians vote on changes to the Australian Constitution which eliminate racial discrimination, support agreement-making and recognise and protect the culture, languages and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Practical, substantive changes must be made to the body of the Constitution in addition to achieving symbolic recognition.

In this submission we do not use the term ‘Indigenous’, except where it is part of a formal name such as the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. We instead use the more appropriate term ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’.

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