Dialogues

Over the coming months, the Council is consulting with Indigenous Australians in a series of Dialogues across the country to discuss constitutional recognition.

The Dialogues are a series of meetings of Indigenous Australians, which will be held around the country. Their purpose is to reach broad agreement on whether and, if so, how, to ‘recognise’ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution. The Dialogues also provide an opportunity for participants to discuss the main options for recognition, understand what they mean, combine or modify existing options and rank options in order of priority.  

Attendance to the Dialogues is by invitation only. This is to ensure that each Dialogue is a deliberative decision-making process and reaches consensus on the relevant issues. Meetings are capped at 100 participants: 60% of places are reserved for First Nations/traditional owner groups, 20% for community organisations and 20% for key individuals. The Council is working in partnership with a host organisation at each location, to ensure the local community is appropriately represented, including a reasonable spread across age and gender demographics.  

The priorities from each of the First Nations Dialogues will be reported to a First Nations Convention at Uluru on May 24-26, where final decisions will be made. There will be ten delegates to this Convention from each of the regional Dialogues.

All Australians can also have their say by reading and responding to the Council’s Discussion Paper, sharing their thoughts using #GetTheFullPicture on Facebook or Twitter, and getting all the facts about constitutional recognition and joining the conversation on this website.

Upcoming dialogues

Torres Strait

5-7 May 2017

Uluru - National Convention

24-26 May 2017

Past dialogues

First Nations Regional Dialogue in Brisbane

21-23 April 2017
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First Nations Regional Dialogue in Adelaide

7-9 April 2017


On 7-9 April 2017, a Dialogue with Aboriginal people was held in Adelaide to discuss possible constitutional reform.

The Dialogue took place soon after the release of a consultation paper for a treaty or treaties in South Australia and people expressed different views about the…

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First Nations Regional Dialogue in Ross River

31 March – 2 April 2017

Delegates at the First Nations Regional Dialogue in Ross River may have conversed in a number of different traditional languages over the three days, but they spoke as one on the need for substantive constitutional reform.

The Dialogue, held from 31 March – 2 April 2017, was attended by…

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First Nations Regional Dialogue in Cairns

24-26 March 2017

Constitutional reform cannot occur without a proper reckoning of the past treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and First Nations people must be given a greater role in determining their own future, according to Delegates who took part in the Regional Dialogue in Cairns this…

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First Nations Regional Dialogue in Melbourne

17-19 March 2017

Delegates at the seventh First Nations Regional Dialogue have warned that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will only accept substantive reform, not mere minimalism when it comes to constitutional recognition.

Dialogue Co-convenor Jill Gallagher said, “It was a robust,…

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First Nations Regional Dialogue in Sydney

10-12 March 2017


A Voice to Parliament was identified as a strong priority by delegates from across NSW who attended the First Nations Regional Dialogue in Sydney on 10-12 March 2017.

Delegates engaged in heartfelt debate about the plight of First Nations in Australia. However, a little girl’s…

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First Nations Regional Dialogue in Perth

3-5 March 2017

More than 100 Aboriginal leaders from the Murchison, Gascoyne, Goldfields, Pilbara and the South West have called for a Treaty between Aboriginal people and the Federal Government.

They also agreed that Aboriginal people were not properly…

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First Nations Regional Dialogue in Darwin

22-24 February 2017

Participants at the most recent in a series of First Nations Regional Dialogues being held around the country have called for the fire of Aboriginal unity and activism to burn strongly again.

Around 100 people attended the Darwin Regional Dialogue on 22-24 February 2017.

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First Nations Regional Dialogue in Dubbo

17-19 February 2017


The voice of all First Nations peoples must be heard on Constitutional reform and Treaty to ensure any changes reflect their views, needs and history, according to representatives who met in Dubbo last weekend.

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First Nations Regional Dialogue in Broome

10-12 February 2017

 

This past weekend delegates from across the Kimberley and Pilbara came together at the Broome First Nations Regional Dialogue to discuss constitutional reform.

The Broome Dialogue is the second in a series of twelve Aboriginal led and Aboriginal designed dialogues seeking…

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First Nations Regional Dialogue in Hobart

9-11 December 2016

The Referendum Council have kicked off a consultation process with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders on a path forward for constitutional recognition by hosting the first Regional Dialogue meeting in Hobart over the weekend of 9-11 December.

Craig Everett, a proud Musselroe Bay man…

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