At the 2014 LGAQ Annual Conference, councils unanimously resolved through Motion 51 of the conference for the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) to develop a website to provide factual details about the upcoming referendum on constitutional recognition of Australia’s first peoples.
The intent was for councils to individually consider providing access to this website through their own council webpage as a service to their community.
The LGAQ subsequently collaborated with a Queensland Volunteer Working Group which was supported by Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation (ANTaR) and Reconciliation Queensland to develop a website which was specifically designed to elevate understanding and discussion at a grass roots level of the referendum and any implications arising from it.
While this group personally favours constitutional recognition, the website has been constructed not to prosecute a particular position on the referendum but as a platform for exploration, research and better understanding of the various issues and of the stakeholder groups most affected by the proposed referendum.
In effect, the website provides factual background to the proposed referendum and access to a range of articles by prominent Australians both for and against constitutional recognition. As stated, the purpose of the website is not to persuade the reader to adopt a particular position but to inform the reader to assist in their reaching their own conclusion on the matter.
As more information and certainty is known on the timing and other details of the referendum becomes clearer, the website will be updated to include the logistics around the conduct of a referendum and the details therein.
You can view the website at: