CommunityAccess (Jane Ritcher) Interview with Lynne about Info Session

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Hello All:
Lynne Dooley was interviewed by Jane Ritcher on her Community Access show on Shoalhaven Community Radio TripleU FM this morning. 
The interview aired at around 9:30am, and went for about 13 minutes. 
I recorded the interview, and loaded it into our web server where we can listen to it, and share it with other people:
Well done Lynne !!!! 

Raul Arregui
Shoalhaven Alliance for Yes23 (Say23)
Email Address: [email protected] 

On Thu, 8 Jun 2023 at 21:33, Lynne Dooley <[email protected]> wrote:
Thx Megan
Very helpful. Just wanted to let people know I spoke on Nowra Community radio this morning about the community forums on the 17th. I was interviewed by Jane & was able to promote the event and importance of coming along to learn more about the
Voice to parliament & our guest speaker . 

From: [email protected] <[email protected]> on behalf of Megan Pikett <[email protected]>
Sent: Thursday, June 8, 2023 5:17:50 PM
To: [email protected] <[email protected]>
Subject: [say23] Changes to the Constitution after the 1967 referendum


Hi all

At Tuesday's meeting we talked about clarifying the actual changes to the Constitution following the 1967 referendum. There is a lot of misinformation thrown up at the moment about what the the changes were, so here they are.

By way of explanation – section 51 of the Constitution sets out the areas where the Commonwealth is able to make laws. State governments have the power to make laws about the balance of issues. If both Commonwealth and States have the powers over the same
area, and there both Commonwealth and State laws, the Constitution provides that Commonwealth laws prevail where there are inconsistencies.

The first change:

                Section 51 (xxvi) was amended by the
Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) 1967,
and previously read as follows:

            “(xxvi) the people of any race, other than the aboriginal race in any State,
for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws”

            So that it now reads:

            “(xxvi) The people of any race for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws    

We can see that statements like – “The Voice would put race back in the Constitution” or that “the Voice will re-racialise Australia” are nonsense. The race power is still there. The fact is that the only race the Commonwealth makes laws for are Aboriginal
people – so it makes sense to ensure that they have input into those laws.  

The second change:

        Section 127 was repealed, which meant that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were counted in the census:

            Section 127 (titled “Aborigines not to be counted in reckoning population”) was repealed by the
Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) 1967, and previously read as follows:

             “127. In reckoning the numbers of the people of the Commonwealth, or of a State or other part of the Commonwealth, aboriginal natives shall not be counted.

I hope this is useful information



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