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Robert MeClelland MP

Shadow Attorney-General Federal Member For Barton




The Australian Labor Party today welcomed the release of the Preamble Quest report by the Constitutional Centenary Foundation.


The report details the response of almost 400 Australians to the Foundation’s questionnaire on the recommendations of the Constitutional Convention regarding a Preamble for the Australian Constitution.


“The CCF’s report makes very interesting reading,” said the Shadow Attorney-General, Robert McCIelland. “It demonstrates that despite the diversity of Australia’s people there is widespread support for a new Preamble and its contents.


“I hope that the Prime Minister will take on board the views expressed by these Australians, together with the views that came out of the Constitutional Convention, as the basis for the drafting of the Preamble.


“In particular, it is important that the Prime Minister acknowledges the widespread community support for the recognition of Australia’s cultural diversity, of our equality as a people and the need for the Preamble to be a true act of reconciliation with Indigenous Australians.


“The CCF’s report also highlights the importance of allowing all Australians to take ownership of the process of drafting the Preamble. It must not become a process dominated by politicians.


“The drafting of a Preamble for our Constitution is a rare moment in history that should transcend politics,” Mr McClelland said. “I hope the Prime Minister recognises that and acts on this report in the genuine spirit with which it has been tendered.


“On behalf of the Australian Labor Party, I thank the CCF for it’s good work and all those Australians who participated in this important process."


24 February 1999


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