Concerns have been raised about whether Australia adequately protects human rights given multiple reports of abuses, including mistreatment of juvenile detainees.
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Australia is the only democratic nation in the world without a national charter of rights or similar.
The Referendum Council contends there should be a place for Indigenous voices in Australia’s Constitution.
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Bodies established around the world to hear 'black' voices have an enduring problem: they advise, but are rarely – if ever – heard.
The Referendum Council’s report is the conclusion of 18 months of consultation and discussion, including six months of regional dialogues with Indigenous people.
Implicit in Malcolm Turnbull’s and Bill Shorten's arguments that an Indigenous 'voice to parliament' would be a big change is the notion that it may be too difficult.
Should we add emus to our diet?
If Australians are to eat healthy, unprocessed meats while making sustainable choices, native animals would be an obvious choice.
Legacies of genocidal phases have scarred the Aboriginal psyches.
Very little is known about suicide and suicide attempts during modern genocides – but we do know there is an aftermath of suicide among victims.
Australia’s Indigenous population is growing – rapidly.
The census mostly delivered a good news story on Indigenous Australian outcomes, but it is unclear to what extent this correlates to improved lives for Indigenous families.
The ABS estimates that as of December 2016, the Australian population was around 24.4 million.
The 2016 Census reveals that Australia is becoming much more diverse – in terms of language, country of birth, Indigenous status, and religion.
In political terms, the Howard government faced little opposition to the Northern Territory Intervention.
The Northern Territory Intervention implemented coercive measures that would have been unthinkable in other, non-Indigenous communities.
The sun rises above Uluru in outback Australia.
'Australian values' have been mangled into meaninglessness by countless politicians. But there is an national character, shaped by the Australian land. New research investigates Outback values.
The prison system is tasked with several purposes: punishment, deterrence, protection and rehabilitation.
The largest increases in Australia's prison numbers have been in remand, Indigenous and women prisoners.
Quentin Agius Aboriginal Cultural Tours’ Point Pearce tour, South Australia.
It is a problem in our efforts to build reconciliation that Australians appear not to be taking up the hospitality of their fellow Australians.
A treaty would be an agreement that is rather like that of host and guest, with rights and responsibilities for each party.
Treaties have to be the foundation for constitutional recognition, not the reverse.
‘We cannot talk about building truthful relationships without being honest about the racialised realities of our social world.’
The result of the 1967 referendum may well have made Australia appear less racist, but it did not address the inherently racist nature of the Constitution.
The way ahead for giving Indigenous Australians an appropriate place in the Constitution is problematic.
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If earlier timetables had been achievable and voters persuadable, we might by now have had same-sex marriage on the statute books and agreement to the recognition of Australia’s First Peoples in the Constitution…
The statement from the constitutional convention at Uluru reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations.
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Indigenous Australians have issued a statement calling for constitutional reform that is substantive and meaningful.
At a demonstration, Faith Bandler (right) and her daughter Lilon (2R) appeal to national unity as grounds for constitutional amendment.
Aboriginal Studies Press
The 1967 referendum was the culmination of a long struggle for both Aboriginal rights and respect, for social esteem as well as equality before the law.
Indigenous children depicted in an etching playing the game of marngrook, which some have claimed inspired the game of Australian rules.
The revival of the idea of Indigenous influence on the origins of Australian rules football diverts attention from another, much more uncomfortable story about Indigenous relationships to football.
The constitutional convention is the latest step in the long-running debate on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
At Uluru, Indigenous representatives from across Australia will aim to reach consensus on what constitutional recognition means to them.
Painting the 1967 referendum as a ‘success’ in terms of effective reform for Aboriginal people is problematic.
The 1967 referendum fell far short in giving people what they thought they were voting for, and in giving Aboriginal people what they wanted from it.
The Cashless Debit Card is a significant advance in tackling socioeconomic problems.
National Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation
Critics of the Cashless Welfare Card trial overlook the fact it is curbing alcohol and gambling problems – and it's what the communities want.