Race should be removed from Constitution: report

ALL mentions of "race" in Australia's Constitution should be removed and efforts to recognise indigenous Australians should take one of three options.

Those were the key recommendations in a progress report on efforts to recognise indigenous Australians in the nation's key legal document, which was tabled in parliament on Monday.

The committee also called on parliament to set aside a full day to debate the form such recognition should take, with a view to holding a referendum on or close to the next federal election.

Chaired by the Liberal Party's only indigenous MP, Ken Wyatt, the committee set out three options for the government to consider.

The first option includes a "broad prohibition of racial discrimination", in line with the recommendations of the expert panel convened last year.

But the second and third options include only a "limited prohibition" and recommend changes to the Constitution to allow it to make laws "with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people".

The third option also allows for the enactment of specific new laws to recognise indigenous Australians in the Constitution.

- APN NEWSDESK


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