Statement on Constitutional Recognition Referendum Council
7 December 2015
“The Business Council welcomes the announcement of a Referendum Council to advise on progress and next steps towards recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution,” BCA Chief Executive Jennifer Westacott said.
“We congratulate Michael Rose, Chief Executive Partner at Allens and Chair of the Business Council's Indigenous Engagement Task Force, on his appointment to the 16 person Council.
“Business has an important role to play in creating the social and economic conditions in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can prosper and thrive. Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's place, history and cultures is part of this.
“The Indigenous-designed and led consultation process is essential to progressing towards a possible referendum. The process needs to recognise and allow for Indigenous peoples to participate fully in debating and shaping any model for recognition.
“The Business Council believes it's important the government and council set an adequate timeframe for thorough consultations,” Ms Westacott said.
For further information contact:
Matt Newton, Communications Adviser
Business Council of Australia
Telephone (02) 8224 9207 • Mobile 0409 550 578