Reference Documents

13 Feb 2008

Amendment to the Preamble of the Queensland Constitution

On 23rd February 2010 the Queensland Parliament amended the state’s Constitution to include a Preamble. The objective being to provide a preamble containing an aspirational statement in commemoration of the 150th anniversary year of the establishment of Queensland, and to provide due recognition to Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

“I am pleased to introduce the Constitution (Preamble) Amendment Bill 2009. This preamble will modernise our Constitution, providing a vision for the kind of state that Queenslanders believe in a society based on democracy, freedom and peace.

A key aspect is the acknowledgement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first Australians and, indeed, the first Queenslanders…”

– Premier Anna Bligh, 24 November 2009

Download the full Preamble Introduction [PDF]

Download a PDF of the Constitution (Preamble) Amendment Act and related documents from the Queensland Government, Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel website: