PIAC’s submission to the Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Australians reflects on discriminatory laws and practices that have compounded Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.
The PIAC submission examines the legal landscape in Australia in relation to the interpretation of the ‘races power’ section 51(xxvi) of the Constitution. The submission also considers why the Constitution does not provide adequate protection against racial discrimination for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Drawing on Australia’s international human rights law obligations and the experience of other comparable jurisdictions, this submission recommends a number of constitutional reform measures.
These reforms are aimed at achieving equality for, and ending discrimination against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.