We encourage all Australians to ask their Federal members and Senators the following:
A question to members of the Federal Parliament:
As my representative in the Federal Parliament I’m sure you are well aware section 51(xxvi) of the Commonwealth Constitution which currently provides “The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to : (xxvi) the people of any race for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws;”
In 1967, the Australian people at a referendum were asked the following question ” To enable the Commonwealth to enact laws for Aboriginal people. To remove the prohibition against counting Aboriginal people in population counts in the Commonwealth or a State”
90.77% voted yes carrying that question.
You, as my representative can see, that the question was to enable the Commonwealth to enact laws for Aboriginal people. Can you please explain if the power currently exists in the Constitution what the true reason for the upcoming referendum is?
I am also aware that according to section 128 of the Constitution there must be an absolute majority of each house initially voting to make an alteration to the Constitution, and as such I am awaiting your reply to my questions put to you as my representative in Parliament.