As part of the start National Reconciliation Week, BHP Billiton CEO, Andrew Mackenzie, announced the company’s support for Constitutional Recognition and the ‘Recognise’ campaign.
Mackenzie said support for the ‘Recognise’ movement was consistent with the values underpinning the relationships BHP Billiton seeks to have with Indigenous Australians.
“On this day in 1967, Australia’s most successful referendum was held. Over 90 per cent of the nation voted “Yes” to give the Federal Parliament the power to make laws in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and to allow for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to be included in the census. Today I am proud to announce BHP Billiton’s support for the ‘Recognise’ campaign to build public understanding of the Constitutional Recognition issue,” Mackenzie said yesterday.
‘Recognise’ joint campaign director Tanya Hosch welcomed the announcement and said she hoped it inspired leaders from other sectors of society to think about how they could also signal their strong support.
“We’re extremely pleased that BHP is putting its weight behind the intention of the campaign,” Hosch said.
“For them to add their voice to this, we hope it will encourage others to step forward proudly and join with them.”
The “Recognise” movement is aimed at raising awareness of the need to end the exclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from the Australian Constitution and deal with racial discrimination in it.
To join the campaign, click here; http://www.recognise.org.au/get-involved/how-can-i-help/