The recent Labor conference passed a motion to establish an
independent Australian Constitutional Commission to advocate for electoral
reforms in our parliament. Our democracy needs more than this if it is to
We need a permanent body – a Constitutional Council or
Commission – whose role is to promote the understanding of our constitution and
its importance to our democracy, advocate for needed changes and ensure that
the community understands and supports change before the costly referendum process is undertaken.
This body should frame the question to be put to the public and the parliament then runs the process.