Dan Sultan - Rock for Recognition Fremantle
A new series of concerts called Rock for Recognition have been initiated in order to raise awareness and promote the need for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.
The inaugural Rock for Recognition headlined by Dan Sultan will tour to Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Fremantle in November and features sultry songstress Leah Flanagan.
Being a proud Gurindji man, Dan Sultan will ensure that Rock for Recognition is one hell of a roof-raising concert event. Changing the actual Constitution however will be a lot harder, with any change to the Constitution requiring a successful referendum. This was achieved in 1967 to recognise Australia's First Peoples as part of the Australian population, when more than 90% of voters said yes to change.
The organising partners - ANTaR, Oxfam, the National Congress and YouMeUnity - said that many Australians, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous, have been calling for change for a long time.
"We need to harness the goodwill and sense of fairness of the Australian people to build momentum to change the Constitution– we need you to take the conversation to your schools, unis, workplaces, sporting clubs, and communities," says Jody Broun, Co-Chair of the National Congress, a partner organisation.
Ultimately a popular movement of Australian voters will be required to spearhead the change and this is where music plays a powerful part. The intention for Rock for Recognition is to build awareness around this issue so when the time to vote arrives the general Australian public can make an informed decision to bring the Australian Constitution into the 21st century and recognise the unique cultures of Australia's First Peoples. It takes a majority of voters in a majority of states to vote 'yes' to make the change, and the barriers are high – so we say spread the word, get informed and rock for the recognition we all deserve!
Rock for Recognition – get informed
Australia’s Constitution is silent with respect to the cultures and languages of Australia's First Peoples. It is also perhaps the only founding document in the world which still contains a 'races power’ that allows the Parliament to enact racially discriminatory laws.
Doors Open: 7.00pm
Presale Tickets: $33.50 inc BF from the link below or phone* 9430 5976 (*Transaction fees apply)
When?7.00pm Sunday, 11 November, 2012
Where?Fly By Night (entrance off Parry St)
1 Holdsworth Street
Fremantle, Western Australia