Aboriginal Recognition Laws Federal and South Australian Commences

Tuesday 2 April 2013 @ 1.50 p.m. | Legal Research

In a recent post we indicated that in both the Federal and the South Australian parliaments legislative efforts had been implemeted to extend to indigenous Australians the long overdue constitutional recognition as the first peoples of our country. In both those jurisdiction the propsed legislation has now been enacted into law.

The Federal Legislation

The legislation was passed by the Senate on 12 March 2013 is now enacted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 (No. 18 of 2013) and was assented on 27 March 2013. The Act commences on 28 March 2013.

The South Australian Legislation

South Australia also recently introduced legislation, the Constitution (Recognition of Aboriginal Peoples) Amendment Bill 2012 (Bill No 110 of 2012) which passed the Legislative Council on 21 March 2013. The Constitution (Recognition of Aboriginal Peoples) Amendment Act 2013 (Act No 8 of 2013) was assented and commences on 28 March 2013. The Act amended the South Australian Constitution Act 1934 to formally recognise the Aboriginal people of South Australia and continue the process of reconciliation.

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