Constitutional recognition for Tasmanian Aboriginal people ?

20th Oct 2016

Aboriginal people in Tasmania could soon have formal recognition within the states constitution but despite the progression of legislation some  remain pessimistic.

Constitutional recognition for Aboriginal people in Tasmania is now one step closer, with the States Lower House passing legislation to recognise Aboriginal people in the Tasmanian constitution.

Rodney Dillion, co-chair of the Tasmanian Regional Aboriginal Community Alliance says constitutional recognition would be an important step for all his people.

But not all Tasmanian Aboriginal people agree Michael Mansell the former legal director of the Tasmanian Aboriginal Legal Centre says historically constitutional recognition of first nation’s peoples on a state level has been tokenistic