Fight not over

TORRES Strait Islanders say they will not give up their fight for recognition in Australia’s constitution.

The islands’ indigenous leaders last week joined aboriginal leaders in a meeting with Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition leader Bill Shorten, seeking the removal of what they say are discriminatory clauses in the constitution.

The co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, Kirstie Parker, says the meeting was both encouraging and disappointing, but the fact it was held at all was an important step.

“We have a right to information. We have a right to determine amongst ourselves what we think will be the best way forward. The way forward that actually respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and as I say makes this a meaningful process or otherwise.”