Recognise movement to meet at services club

The Recognise movement will be heading through the Central West with stops in Cowra, Cootamundra, Bathurst, Orange and Wagga Wagga.

Recognise is the people's movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution and ensure there's no place in it for racial discrimination.

Recognise is inviting people from Cowra to attend the Services Club, Sunday April 3, 11am for a local celebration with cultural dancers, a welcome in the Wiradjuri language and a talk on constitutional recognition followed by a free lunch.

Until the 1967 referendum, the first Australians were excluded even from being counted as citizens by section 127 of the Constitution.

That referendum was a watershed moment for Australia, deleting two racially discriminatory references.

Yet it did not complete the constitutional task of securing equality, two further sections of the Constitution - sections 25 and 51(xxvi) - still permit racial discrimination by governments.

With Australia now being the only democratic nation who's Constitution still authorises race discrimination.