The Reconciliation Barometer and the Indigenous imaginary

12 June 2009

This paper discusses the findings of a recently released study to ‘measure the progress of reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ by Reconciliation Australia.

The study, Australian Reconciliation Barometer, was released in February 2009. It breaks new ground in the campaign for ‘reconciliation’ by constituting the two parties to ‘reconciliation’ as two comparable publics. This paper  to traces the notions of ‘reconciliation’ that are implicit in the Barometer; and highlights some similarities and differences between the two ‘publics’ that have not been highlighted by Reconciliation Australia itself in its public interpretation of the data.

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Tim Rowse, 2009, The Reconciliation Barometer and the Indigenous imaginary , Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy (WS), viewed 30 July 2016, <http://apo.org.au/node/14790>.

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