Students learn to 'Recognise'

WHILE learning related subjects in class, two Tatiara primary schools benefited from the recent visit by the Journey to Recognition group of walkers.

The walkers from the JR initially started their day with a breakfast and information session at Tatiara Employment Support Services.

Following this, the group visited Mundulla and Bordertown Primary School to speak to students who are studying the topic ‘Changes in Australian Society’ in history and had learnt about the Constitution last term.

Speakers were Rhys Harrison, Vickie Cantwell, her daughter Samantha and media coordinator Martha Tattersall.

Students asked various questions about the journey, including where they were staying, how far they walked per day, why they were walking in a relay format and how the walk idea formed.

“Australian people have been living in Australia for tens-of thousands of years and we’ve only been living here for a couple of hundreds of years - doesn’t it make sense that they should be mentioned in our constitution?” Mr Harrison said.

“If we want to change the constitution so that they (Aboriginal people) are recognised, then everyone in Australia that is over 18 needs to vote in the referendum.

“If the majority of people in the majority of states vote ‘yes’ then we can have the change passed, and this is why we are going on this journey, to meet with people all across Australia.”

In February 2013, the House of Representatives in Canberra passed an Act called the Act of Recognition which claimed that within two years there would be a referendum held to change the constitution.

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