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Every July we celebrate Constitution Day, when Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the Constitution on 9 July 1900, creating the nation of Australia.

Constitution Day Speakers Forum: Who cares about the Constitution?

Silver skippet from the Royal Commission of Assent, 9 July 1900, signed by Queen Victoria. (NAA: A51137)

On Tuesday 9 July a large audience gathered in the Great Hall of Parliament House to hear a panel of experts discuss the topic 'Who cares about the Constitution?'

Panellists:

  • Paul Barclay, moderator – presenter and series producer of ABC Radio National's Big Ideas.
  • George Williams AO – one of Australia's leading constitutional lawyers and public commentators.
  • Tanya Hosch – deputy campaign director for Recognise, the movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our Constitution.
  • Jeffrey L. Bleich – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Australia.
  • Samah Hadid – Australian Director of The Global Poverty Project and women 's rights and anti-poverty campaigner.

The speakers forum was recorded for broadcast on ABC Radio National, and ABC television's Big Ideas program.

Follow the conversation online on the Constitution Day blog and by searching the hashtag #conday13 on Twitter.

Sponsors

 ABC Big Ideas, Australian Parliament House – Department of Parliamentary Services

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Constitution Day family event: Back to 1900 – Canberra

Four children dressed in period costume.
150th celebrations, 1938. (NAA: C4078, N1146H)

Hundreds of families joined us on Saturday 13 July for a day of fun inspired by the 1900s. Activities included calligraphy workshops, facilitated tours of our rarely-viewed Federation Gallery, old-time games and crafts, a dress-up photo booth, and Constitution Day cupcakes.


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