Always Independent - An Interview with Murrawarri Republic Chair Fred Hooper
For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people constitutional recognition is a token gesture. And what needs to be established is a framework of treaties between the government and each of the continent’s Indigenous nations.
'It's not going to happen' - Barnaby Joyce rejects push for Aboriginal body in constitution
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has rejected a push from Aboriginal community leaders for a constitutionally-enshrined Indigenous body to influence policy in Canberra, predicting "it's not going to happen".
Indigenous Treaty Now, Not Just Constitutional Recognition
The Referendum Council is currently travelling around Australia carrying out the Dialogues: a series of meetings with First Nations peoples to discuss the issue of recognising the nation’s Indigenous people within the Australian constitution.
White fragility, white fear - the crisis of racial identity in Australia, and beyond
In other words, if you were supported for the majority of your life in a world that reinforced whiteness, settlement and colonisation of great white pioneers via invasion and genocide, whites as superior and blacks as inferior and in need of civilisation, rather than embrace a deconstruction of the truth, you become fearful.
Indigenous recognition a step toward a treaty, not a roadblock, says Bill Shorten
Constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians will not be a roadblock to a treaty, but a step toward a final settlement and the closing of the disadvantage gap, Bill Shorten has said. The Labor leader has repeated his support for a treaty, or set of treaties with the first Australians, but insisted that recognition in the constitution is the first priority and next year is the time for action.
Ditch plebiscite or hate will spread to Indigenous referendum, Malcolm Turnbull warned
Aboriginal leaders are urging Malcolm Turnbull to abandon the promised plebiscite on same-sex marriage, convinced an ugly campaign by those advocating a "no" vote will hurt the prospects for Indigenous constitutional recognition.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says treaty could be considered
Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says Parliament should consider a treaty with Indigenous Australians if it is recommended by the recognition referendum council, breaking ranks with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the controversial issue.
Linda Burney blasts Nigel Scullion as a 'failed' Indigenous affairs minister
Newly elected Labor frontbencher Linda Burney says that Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion is a failure, pointing to recent cuts to Indigenous funding and his hostile relationship with advocacy group the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples.
Gratuitous emphasis on race - why Bill Leak's cartoon fails to be meaningful
Bill Leak’s racist cartoon has added nothing constructive to the “crucial debate” about the ongoing discrimination and disadvantage faced by First Nations people in Australia’s criminal justice system. Its publication was instead merely a crude provocation devised to foreground the latest assault on the racial discrimination act.
Online Poll Finds Majority Of Black Australia Opposed To Recognise Campaign
Amy McQuire writes: "Only 25 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people support the “grassroots” Recognise group, and a majority would vote no in a referendum if it delivered only symbolic recognition, according to a new poll that pours cold water on the Recognise’s claim that nine out of ten blackfellas support their campaign."
Recognising Sovereignty - Bruce Pascoe’s Latest Book A Dark Horse To Lead Battle Over Unfinished Business
Amy McQuire interviews acclaimed First Nations author Bruce Pascoe, and asks the question why Australia has so readily embraced his book – Dark Emu – and its truths. Does it now mean they must embrace the issue of sovereignty and treaty?
Treaty, Yeah. Odds Shorten On Another Broken Labor Promise For Treaty
The big news this morning is that Bill Shorten has left the door open to negotiating a treaty with Australia’s First Peoples if elected Prime Minister on July 2. And if you watched Q&A last night, that certainly appears to be what Shorten promised. Sort of. More or less. Maybe.
Why Constitutional Recognition isn't necessarily the answer to improving Indigenous rights
Last Wednesday, about 300 members of the Indigenous community in Victoria attended an open state government forum where they voted unanimously against pursuing Constitutional Recognition on the basis of being "sovereign peoples".
Indigenous leaders praise Victoria's commitment to talk about treaty
Indigenous leaders have praised the Victorian government for agreeing to sit down and talk about a treaty, after a meeting of about 500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Melbourne voted unanimously against the constitutional recognition process.
Indigenous constitutional recognition - public awareness has risen poll shows
Lenore Taylor writes, "New polling shows a sharp increase in public awareness of the arguments for Indigenous recognition in the constitution but no big rise in support for the idea, as the political process to make the change remains stalled."
Of course Australia was invaded - massacres happened less than 90 years ago
Australia was not settled peacefully, it was invaded, occupied and colonised. Describing the arrival of the Europeans as a “settlement” attempts to view Australian history from the shores of England rather than the shores of Australia.
Self-declared sovereign Indigenous nation recognised by Australian minister
The self-declared sovereign Yidindji government has been buoyed by a “diplomatic exchange” with a senior Australian government minister who offered the first commonwealth recognition of its leaders at an event on their traditional country in north Queensland.
Australia developing first ever school curriculum for Indigenous languages
Curriculum set to be finalised in October and be available as an online resource to primary and high schools. Teaching language to Indigenous children empowers them to ‘think along the lines’ of their own culture and to see the ‘incredible intelligence’ of their own people, says Darug man and teacher Richard Green.
Noel Pearson's 'social experiments' in North Queensland are failing
Jack Wilkie-Jans writes, "The implementation of Pearson's social theories, placed into practice as social experiments in remote Aboriginal towns in Cape York, was based on the idea that Noel Pearson's self-determination could be applied to others."
When the only difference between a 'prankster' and a 'criminal' is race
"We remain conditioned to see white people as naturally innocent, benevolent, and worthy, while brown and black people are regarded as threatening, dangerous, and are subsequently criminalised, sometimes even from the moment they enter pre-school.", writes Ruby Hamad
Adam Goodes - I needed to go to my country to help heal the wounds
Georgia Mantle from Sydney University’s student paper Honi Soit spoke to the newly retired AFL star about racism, constitutional recognition and his plans after football. Adam Goodes says he needed to go back to where his people were from to heal the wounds of the booing controversy.
Indigenous Constitutional Recognition from the point of view of self-determination and its exercise through democratic participation by Megan Davis
"This paper is on Indigenous peoples’ right to self-determination and its exercise through democratic participation. First, I will expound on why the right to self-determination—as configured in international law, translated by many states and adopted by Indigenous communities—enhances liberal democratic governance."
Nova Peris says government language around Indigenous people is patronising
Federal senator Nova Peris has excoriated white Australia’s relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, saying the government just gives “hope and aspiration on three-year funding cycles” and won’t allow Indigenous people to drive their own agenda.
Evicting indigenous Australians from their homelands is a declaration of war
“ Here John Pilger examines the proposed closure of the homelands in WA – “ Australia occasionally interrupts its ‘normal’ mistreatment of Aboriginal people to deliver a frontal assault, like the closure of Western Australia’s homelands”
'Reconciliation' shouldn't just be driven by Indigenous people
Here Celeste Liddle examines the issue of Reconciliation saying “ Yet the concept of "reconciliation" is one that I have long found problematic, not least because it almost always seems to be something which needs to be driven by Indigenous people for the receipt of non-Indigenous people. In my mind, it should be the other way around.”
Constitutional Recognition does not Foreclose on Aboriginal Sovereignty
This article is from Megan Davis who is a member of the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the Constitution, a Professor of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, UNSW, and a UN expert member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous People
Indigenous recognition: the concerns of those opposed must be taken seriously
Here Larissa Behrendt who is an academic, writer, film maker and Indigenous advocate highlights that while constitutional recognition is a cause for optimism, there are legitimate and practical concerns among some first peoples.
Peak Indigenous Body Acknowledges Resistance to Recognise Campaign
"The National Congress of Australia's First Peoples says opposition is being fuelled by anger over other issues in First Nations communities. Amy McQuire reports. ... The Congress also noted that a referendum on constitutional reform still does not satisfy the aspirations within First Nations communities to "our rights as peoples" and for sovereignty, which is "not without substance". Constitutional reform would also not satisfy Australia's international rights obligations, ... " By Amy McQuire
Time To Recognise Significant Aboriginal Wariness of Constitutional Reform
" ... While Aboriginal people have rallied under the banners of land rights and treaty, pounding pavements and pulling down parliamentary fences, this current incarnation of "constitutional reform" was dreamt up by John Howard ... while they all continued the greatest Aboriginal rights abuse in decades - the NT intervention. ... What happens to the momentum for change, for true land justice, for a treaty? ... " By Amy McQuire