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Constitution (Recognition of Aboriginal People) Act 2004 (Vic)

Category: Legislation
Binomial Name: State of Victoria
Date: 9 November 2004
Sub Category:Legislation
State/Country:Victoria, Australia
Subject Matter:Law - Policy and Justice | Recognition Agreement / Acknowledgement | Reconciliation
Summary Information:
The Constitution (Recognition of Aboriginal People) Act 2004 (Vic) was passed on 9 November 2004 to amend the Constitution Act 1975 (Vic) (the Constitution).
Detailed Information:
The amendment inserted a new section into the Constitution (1A) which 'give[s] recognition ... to Victoria's Aboriginal people and their contribution to the State of Victoria'. The Bracks government proposed the amendment 'following extensive consultation with the Aboriginal community and the recommendations of the Premier's peak Aboriginal Advisory Council' (Wynne 2004, 543).

The amendments received bipartisan support and ultimately passed through both Houses unopposed, despite parliamentary debate regarding a lack of consultation with 'every Victorian - both indigenous and non-indigenous' on the 'potentially divisive' amendment (Savage 2004, 531).

Related Entries

  • Constitution Act 1975 (Vic)

  • References

    Richard Wynne MP; Russell Savage MP (16 September 2004) Parliamentary Debates, Legislative Assembly

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