ALA says PM has unique opportunity to enshrine First Nations Voice in constitution

27th May 2019

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has a unique opportunity to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to move towards enshrining a First Nations Voice in the constitution, says the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA).

“The time is right and the support the electorate has recently given Mr Morrison means he is ideally placed to take this significant and historic opportunity to advance constitutional change,” said ALA National President Elect, Mr Andrew Christopoulos.

“The idea that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders should have a say in the laws and policies that affect their lives has received strong community support.

“After many years of consultation the Uluru Statement from the Heart must be a constitutional priority.

“Our legal system has often failed to adequately represent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We believe the recommendations in the Uluru Statement from the Heart are sensible, pragmatic and legally moderate with wider community support and many organisations and groups publicly backing the approach.”

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