This article explores inconsistencies between Australia’s idealised identity as a modern egalitarian society concerned with the welfare of all and the economic and social reality for a significant and growing number of citizens.
This report outlines expert analysis of the NIAA public consultations that were undertaken as part of the 2020-2021 Co-design Process for a national and regional/local Indigenous Voice.
This document outlines the Australian Human Rights Commission's submission to the Indigenous Voice Co-design Groups on the proposals outlined in the Indigenous Voice Interim Report of October 2020.
Concerns have emerged that the Uluru Statement’s call for constitutional enshrinement – or protection – of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, is going unheeded.
This discussion paper explains the proposals for the Indigenous Voice at the local and regional and national levels, and provides links to further information. It also provides guiding questions on issues that co-design groups are keen to explore further prior to the development of final...
This interim report draws together proposed models for a National Indigenous Voice, and a proposed framework to enhance local and regional decision making and regional governance for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
Support for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament: evidence from opinion research since 2017
This paper examines twelve pieces of opinion research since June 2017 to explore support for a First Nations Voice to Parliament among the Australian public. Specifically, it investigates levels of support, opposition and neutrality over time, by party affiliation, and among the six Australian states.
The proposed constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament was rejected; treaty remains a dream, and the Australian people appear generally indifferent to historical introspection.
Fact Check: Were Indigenous Australians classified under a flora and fauna act until the 1967 referendum?
Indigenous actor Shareena Clanton claims her mother, was not considered a human being until the "referendum came through from the flora and fauna act in 1967."
Fact Check: Linda Burney says Australia is the only first world nation with a colonial history that doesn't recognise its first people in its constitution. Is she correct?
Amid debate over Indigenous constitutional recognition, Labor Opposition spokeswoman for Indigenous Australians, Senator Linda Burney, claims that of all the first-world nations with a colonial past, Australia alone has failed to acknowledge its original
Indigenous academic Marcia Langton claims constitutional recognition of Indigenous people will fail if conservatives lead a 'no case' against a proposed referendum.
This report was written in collaboration with human rights experts across Australia, and it represents the collective knowledge of Australia’s leading NGOs on the current state of human rights in Australia and will inform the four yearly review of Australia’s human rights record by the...
Constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians must involve structural change, not mere symbolism
Megan Davis writes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples do not seek symbolism, and certainly not in the constitution, which distributes power across the federation. They seek change that can make a concrete difference to their lives.
The 2019 Garma Festival, hosted by the Youth Yindi foundation, had nearly 40 companies and government agencies in attendance, with more than 450 participants, making 2019 the biggest attendance rate to date. This report outlines some of the festival's highlights.
Though the federal government emphasises partnerships, accountability and evidence-based policies, Morrison is actually taking a selective and top-down approach. He is also ignoring key Indigenous advice and evidence.
The 'voice to government' is to be legislated and separate from the question of symbolic constitutional recognition. This type of reform was resoundingly rejected by the Uluru statement.
Ken Wyatt, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, has announced a co-design process for Indigenous people to have a “voice to government". Wyatt has, without consultation, appointed professors Tom Calma and Marcia Langton to a senior advisory group, going against the government’s own “co-design” intention.
Under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 the Minister for Indigenous Affairs appointed a Review Panel on 27 March 2014. The panel was tasked with assessing levels of public awareness and support for amending the Constitution to recognise Indigenous peoples and...
This submission suggests ways that constitutional reform and other complementary measures may be progressed to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, establish a First Nation’s Voice to Parliament, and facilitate truth telling and agreement making.