A Constitution for all Australians – the Top End experience

Media release: Thursday, 30 June 2011

Be part of a thought-provoking discussion with some of Australia's leading commentators. This free forum will explore what the Constitution means for the Northern Territory.

Join the Hon Jane Aagaard MLA, Professor Mick Dodson AM, Marshall Perron and Ken Parish to hear their views.

Topics include:

  • Grace and Favour State – the Hon Jane Aagaard MLA, Speaker of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly and Chair of the NT Constitutional Convention Committee
  • Implications for the Northern Territory of the Recognition of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders in the Federal Constitution – Professor Mick Dodson AM, member of the Yawuru people, and Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Studies and Professor of Law at the Australian National University
  • The Leftover Area: Constitutional Misfit – Marshall Perron, Northern Territory Chief Minister 1988–95
  • Northern Territory: 'State' of Ambivalence – Ken Parish, legal academic at Charles Darwin University and former Member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly 1991–94

ABC Radio National's The Law Report host Damien Carrick will moderate the forum, and it will be recorded for broadcast by ABC Radio National on Big Ideas on Sunday 10 July at 5pm.

What: Speakers Forum
Where: Nitmiluk Lounge and Dining Room, Parliament House, Mitchell Street, Darwin
When: Thursday 30 June 2011, 5.30–7.30pm

Contact information

  • Tara Nichols (Marketing Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3609 m 0430 026 612 e tara.nichols@naa.gov.au
  • Melanie Harwood (Assistant Director, Communications)
    t (02) 6212 3755 m 0422 535 213 e melanie.harwood@naa.gov.au
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