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The idea of a treaty or treaties between Indigenous peoples and Australian governments has long been a subject of debate. One argument that often arises is the idea that such agreements are not achievable because they are inconsistent with Australian 'sovereignty'. Sean Brennan, Brenda Gunn...
This submission to the Senate Inquiry into Progress Towards National Reconciliation the focuses on the progress made towards national reconciliation in the field of public law. It suggests paths forward through consultation and reform (including by constitutional amendment). The submission examines what has been called...
The federal government must recommit itself to reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and the wider Australian community, argue Sean Brennan and George Williams
THE Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation delivered its Final Report in December of 2000. It came at the end of a...
Federal parliament must act to ensure that the wrongs done to the stolen generations can never be repeated, argues GEORGE WILLIAMS IN SAYING sorry, Kevin Rudd acknowledged that “the laws that our parliaments enacted made the stolen generations possible.” He was right to do...
Is 'sovereignty' a roadblock to a modern-day treaty or treaties between Indigenous peoples and the wider Australian community? In this second issues paper from the Centre's Treaty Project, Sean Brennan, Brenda Gunn and George Williams identify the different ways in which the term sovereignty is...
In this video, a panel debates the need for a treaty – and the way to achieve true reconciliation in Australia with Indigenous Australians.
Public opinion is now overwhelmingly in favour of the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s Constitution. What would be the symbolic and practical implications of such a change – and who is leading the push for a referendum?