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The Gillard government must act swiftly to educate the public if a referendum to allow federal funding of local councils is to succeed this year, argues Professor George Williams.

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The government was right to defer next year's referendum on recognising Aboriginal peoples in the constitution, writes George Williams.

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Change to the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is more than mere symbolism. It will demonstrably counteract Indigenous disadvantage, argues Paul Kildea.

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Only political negligence can kill off the historical referendum on Indigenous recognition, writes Professor George Williams.

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Should the referendum on Indigenous recognition be defeated, Australians would be branded to the world as self-conscious and deliberate racists, write Megan Davis and Marcia Langton.

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A panel of experts, including UNSW’s Pat Dodson and Megan Davis, has recommended formal recognition of Indigenous people in the Constitution and the removal of racially discriminatory laws.

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OPINION: Separating people according to their race is based upon a discredited 19th-century scientific theory. Unfortunately, this thinking remains embedded in Australia's constitutional DNA, writes Professor George Williams.

Free public forum on the Recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Constitution

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UNSW academics Pat Dodson and Megan Davis have been selected to an expert advisory panel that aims to secure constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians.

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