Recognition: Yes or No?, asks the question - where do you stand on moves to change the Australian Constitution?
Indigenous politician Linda Burney and controversial commentator Andrew Bolt interrogate a question all Australians need to grapple with: how important is it to the nation that the unique nature of Indigenous Australia is recognised in the Constitution?
Burney and Bolt are deeply divided on this question. Linda says changing the Constitution would heal wounds, help with reconciliation and be nation building. Andrew says it would be a racist act in itself that will divide rather than unite us.
Aiming to change each other’s views, they embark on a four-week journey to seek out opinions from community leaders, lobbyists and lawmakers in Australia and New Zealand. Some want the emphasis put on education, some on a treaty, and some are applying their minds to how to remove a section of the Constitution that still refers to ‘race’ without affecting the legal foundation for native title.
How important constitutional recognition is for Indigenous Australia and the nation is a subject all Australians will need to consider if it goes to a referendum.
Recognition: Yes or No? will premiere on Tuesday September 20 at 8.30pm on ABC and ABC iview.