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JCCV Partners with Recognise

JCCV Partners with Recognise

27 November 2014

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria (JCCV) announced today that it has become a Campaign Partner of Recognise, which is the coalition of people and organisations aiming to obtain recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution.

Australia’s Indigenous people have lived on this land for over 40,000 years, keeping alive the world’s oldest continuous cultures. However, the Constitution, Australia’s founding document, does not recognise this first chapter of Australian history.

Jennifer Huppert, JCCV President said, “The JCCV is the first Jewish community organisation to become a campaign partner of Recognise, and we call on other Jewish organisations around Australia to join the campaign and help call for formal recognition for our Indigenous people in the Constitution.”

“We value Australia’s fairness, diversity and tolerance.  and we want to see that fairness and respect built into our Constitution.  Racial discrimination has no place in Australia or its laws, and recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution will strength protections for all Australians.”

The JCCV policy platform recognises Indigenous people as the first Australians and affirms the importance of reconciliation as the basis of an Australian community which respects the diversity of values, cultures, ideas and the contribution of all people.

Ms Huppert said, “We encourage all our affiliates as well as other Jewish community organisations and individuals to actively support and pursue reconciliation.”

Recognise is a part of Reconciliation Australia and is governed by the Board of Reconciliation Australia.

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