A Tasmanian Indigenous activist and lawyer says a Referendum Council held in Hobart over the weekend saw a ‘clear’ recognition from participants that constitutional recognition alone would achieve nothing.

The meeting is the first of 12 to be held in each state and territory aimed at reaching a consensus on the process and questions for a proposed national referendum on constitutional recognition.

Palawa man Michael Mansell says the meeting attracted a ‘good cross-section of the community’ and recognised that constitutional recognition is a ‘good starting point’ for the treaty process.


Referendum Council meetings will be held over a period of several weeks in Perth, Broome, Dubbo, Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Darwin, Alice Springs and Thursday Island before culminating in a national convention in Uluru in April 2017.