Although Australia's population is made up of people of many diverse ethnicities, its Constitution still condones racism and encourages discrimination against its indigenous peoples. This needs to change now.
Aboriginal Australians' fight for equal treatment and respect is coming to a head in next year's general election, with a referendum to finally recognize them as the nation's first people.
The referendum also aims to end racist clauses still currently on the Constitution, including Section 25, which permits states to deny voting rights to people based on their race, and Section 51, which allows states to reserve the right to refuse residence or jobs to non-white Australians.
State-sanctioned racism has no place in modern Australia. Tell Parliament to stand for civil rights in Australia and commit their support for this long overdue referendum.
I am writing to ask for your commitment to stop state sanctioned racism by committing to support the riddance of the constitutional clauses 25 and 51 (26), which encourage racial discrimination, and to support the referendum that will finally recognize Aboriginal Australians as the nation's first people.
Although Australia's population is made up of people of many diverse ethnicities, its Constitution still condones racism and encourages discrimination against its indiginous peoples. This needs to change now. State-sanctioned racism has no place in modern Australia.
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I urge you to stand with Prime Minister Gillard and the majority of Australians who already support these constitutional changes. Please stand up for civil rights in Australia. Thank you.
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