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A First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution

By: Shireen Morris
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Published: 06-08-2020
Format: Hardback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 256
ISBN: 9781509928927
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP : £60.00
 

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About A First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution

This book makes the legal and political case for Indigenous constitutional recognition through a constitutionally guaranteed First Nations voice, as advocated by the historic Uluru Statement from the Heart. It argues that a constitutional amendment to empower Indigenous peoples with a fairer say in laws and policies made about them and their rights, is both constitutionally congruent and politically achievable. A First Nations voice is deeply in keeping with the culture, design and philosophy of Australia's federal Constitution, as well as the long history of Indigenous advocacy for greater empowerment and self-determination in their affairs.

Offering the first scholarly monograph articulating the comprehensive case for a First Nations constitutional voice, the book explores the historical, political, theoretical and international contexts underpinning the debate, before delving into the constitutional detail to craft a compelling case for change.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The historical, political, theoretical and international context
3. An analysis of and response to objections to a racial non-discrimination clause
4. Lessons from New Zealand, Canada and Scandinavia
5. The legislative possibility of Indigenous reserved seats in Parliament
6. The Uluru Statement: the case for a First Nations body enshrined in the Constitution
7. Conclusion

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