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Journal article

The con-stitutional re-cognition (s)cam-pain: the campaign for the hidden recognition of first nations peoples' racial inferiority

Aboriginal Australians Indigenous peoples Constitutional reform Aboriginal Australians legal status and laws Aboriginal Australians government relations Indigenous constitutional recognition Indigenous Australia

The constitutional recognition campaign has received party-wide support and its efforts have been promoted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott as being something that would 'complete our Constitution.' The broader rhetoric surrounding this campaign suggests that it will result in a just, albeit delayed, recognition of indigenous peoples in the Australian legal system. However, beneath the surface of this seemingly benevolent gesture, is a reaffirmation of the colonial subordination and erasure of the several hundred original nations' peoples and ways of being.

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