Indigenous Constitutional Recognition | Law

Indigenous Constitutional Recognition

Professor Megan Davis

Video 1: Introduction to Indigenous constitutional recognition

In 2012 the Prime Minister’s Expert Panel on the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian constitution delivered its final report and made 5 recommendations.

Video 2: Non-discrimination

One of the 5 recommendations made by the Expert Panel was for a racial non-discrimination provision in the Australian constitution.

Video 3: Recognition of culture

The recommendations include a new section in the Australian constitution, Section 51A, which would recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples including their prior occupation, their continuing relationship with the land, their continuing cultures, language and heritage.

Professor Megan Davis

About Professor Megan Davis

Megan Davis is a Professor of Law at UNSW, Director of the Indigenous Law Centre and a Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court. She is a UN expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples (state member) and holds portfolios including Administration of Justice and Gender and Women. In 2012 Megan was the Rapporteur of the UNPFII Expert Group Meeting on Violence Against Indigenous Women in New York and elected again in 2013 as Rapporteur of the UNPFII Expert Group Meeting on Indigenous Youth.

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