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Tas Aboriginal recognition on the cards

AAP logoAAP 11/10/2016

Tasmania's constitution looks likely to be amended to recognise Aboriginal people as the island's first settlers.

An amendment to the state's constitution acknowledging Aboriginal people as "Tasmania's First People" was introduced into parliament on Tuesday and has bi-partisan backing.

Premier and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Will Hodgman said the acknowledgement is an "important symbolic statement".

Opposition Aboriginal affairs spokeswoman Madeleine Ogilvie says she's proud of the initiative, which makes a "small but significant step".

Tasmania is the only state in Australia not to acknowledge Aboriginal people in its constitution, according to the state government.

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