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?
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?'
- 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.
Constitution Day family event: Back to 1900 – Canberra
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.