Constitutional recognition for First Nations people has been on the table for a decade, yet nothing has happened. This Sunday, that topic will be addressed…and you can be part of it!
It’s been more than ten years since the Commonwealth government first inquired into the constitutional recognition of Australia’s indigenous population. Despite all the noise, nothing has happened since. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are not even mentioned in the Australian Constitution; which effectively means that the Constitution still allows racial discrimination of our Indigenous people.
Queensland, NSW and Victorian state Constitutions already individually recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Yet, a referendum is needed to change the Australian Constitution, one that would need the majority of voters across at least four states to pass. So, where to from here?
Julian Leeser MP, Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs will be talking with Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins OAM about this very issue, this Sunday at 5:00 pm.
Julian Leeser is the Liberal Party of Australia (New South Wales Division) Member for Berowra. Since the 2019 election, Julian has been the chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration and the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs. He was born in Sydney, has a multi-racial background, and is a member of the Emanuel Synagogue.
Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins has served at Emanuel Synagogue since 1989 and became senior rabbi in 1999. Seen as a contemporary rabbi, he is committed to principles of egalitarianism, inclusion and diversity within the synagogue and the broader community.
Together they will explore what has happened to date and what is the future of this process. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session allowing the audience to ask questions of Julian Leeser on this and other issues.
If you would like to attend this conversation, you can participate both in person and online. Registrations can be made at https://tinyurl.com/leeser-talk.
When: Sunday, 11th of April, 5 pm-6.30 pm
Where: Emanuel Synagogue, 7 Ocean Street, Woollahra (and via Zoom online)
Cost Emanuel Members: FREE
Cost Non-Members: In-person $20; Online $15