Statement on behalf of the Board of the Constitution Education Fund Australia On the Passing of The Honourable Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC
The Board of the Constitution Education Fund Australia (CEFA) expresses its deep sadness upon the passing of Major General Michael Jeffery AC CVO MC.
CEFA is delighted that, in Tuesday’s budget, the Australian Government allocated $2 million to fund stage 2 of the Australian Constitution Centre at the High Court. The aim is to increase the public’s understanding of Australia’s democracy and political system.
Long awaited answers on how Australia became a nation and how our governance really works
Dame Leonie was the chair of The Constitution Education Fund's Foundation Council of eminent Australians who lent their patronage to The Constitution Education Fund at its foundation stage. She served as a trustee and a member of the judging panel for the Governor-General’s Prize. She was also a generous benefactor.
The Constitution Education Fund is pleased to announce that the 2016 Governor-General’s Prize is now open for entries.
On Wednesday, 9 March 2016, the Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove gave a reception at Government House, Canberra, for the finalists in the 2015 Governor-General’s Prize.
The winners of the 2015 Governor-General's Prize have been announced.
It is with great pleasure that we announce the Chief Executive Officer of The Constitution Education Fund, Mrs Kerry Jones, has been appointed to the Old Parliament House Advisory Council by the Attorney-General, Senator the Honourable George Brandis QC. This appointment is for a duration of three years.
Mrs Jones is honoured to accept this position and looks forward to serving in this additional role that complements her work with The Constitution Education Fund and will further contribute to educating and informing all Australians about the great Australian democracy under the Australian Constitution.
It has been brought to my attention that Reclaim Australia – Tasmania has posted to their Facebook page a letter that has been fraudulently written in my name.
I am appalled and outraged that Reclaim Australia has put inflammatory, slanderous content under my name. I am investigating all avenues to take appropriate defamation action.
Social media abuse of this type incites hatred and bigotry. Peace and tolerance is the Australian way under our Australian Constitution and I will continue to strive through education to achieve a fair minded attitude among all Australian citizens.
The organisations I am associated with and in particular the Constitution Education Fund Australia are working with all Australian citizens, including Islamic Australian citizens for a tolerant society.
On Tuesday, 10 February 2015, the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, presented awards to winners of the 2013-14 Governor-General’s Prize at a cocktail reception held in the Great Hall of the High Court of Australia, Canberra. The event was funded by Baker & McKenzie, The Constitution Education Fund's principal partner for 2014.
On Monday, 27 October, 2014, the judging panel for the 2013-14 Governor-General’s Prize met in Brisbane to announce the winners of the competition
Here at The Constitution Education Fund we are having difficulty believing another year has flown by. Much of our work in recent months has been finalising the proposal to establish an Australian Constitution Centre. The proposed collaborations are with iconic Australian institutions such as the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD) at Old Parliament House (OPH).
On behalf of the Board of Directors, and the The Constitution Education Fund staff, we wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year.
The Constitution Education Fund and ACARA working together for Civics and Citizenship Education in Australian Schools
August 15, 2014
Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) and The Constitution Education Fund have been working towards a potential collaboration that will deliver outstanding Civics and Citizenship Education nationally. The Constitution Education Fund's Director of Schools, Mrs Janet Doyle is assisting ACARA with the important work sample project that will support teachers in the delivery of the yet to be endorsed Australian Civics and Citizenship curriculum.
This week the ACARA CEO, Mr Rob Randall met with The Constitution Education Fund's Executive Director Mrs Kerry Jones to further this important collaboration, leading to a tweet from ACARA as you can see below. Mrs Jones and the team are working tirelessly towards our goal of having Civics and Citizenship taught in every school and every classroom in Australia.
Now open to all undergraduate students studying at Australian universities, the Governor-General’s Prize is now offering the prize of a lifetime in its 10 year history with all High Court Justices confirmed to attend the prestigious prize ceremony later this year.
The Constitution Education Fund is proud to announce that we have put in a submission to the Australian Government Curriculum Review. The Constitution Education Fund believes C & C needs to be successfully taught in every school and every classroom to every student throughout Australia. There is very poor C & C student knowledge currently as shown in research such as the Youth Electoral Studies, the 2012 Lowy Institute report and the results of Government C & C knowledge testing.
The Constitution Education Fund is delighted to announce that the Hon. Justice Susan Kiefel AC, of the High Court of Australia, has agreed to chair the judging panel for this year’s essay competition. In its tenth year, the 2013-14 undergraduate essay competition for the Governor-General’s Prize is supported by Reconciliation Australia, and offers students the opportunity to research and discuss various topics related to constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
The Constitution Education Fund joins the Dean of the Sydney Law School, Professor Joellen Riley to congratulate Ms Neha Kasbekar on winning the 2012 Governor-General’s Undergraduate Essay Competition. Her paper on the recognition of Australia’s first peoples in the Constitution was judged the best from the six participating finalists by an eminent panel chaired by The Hon Justice Kenneth Hayne AC of the High Court of Australia in late July this year.