David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
This article considers the slow momentum toward Constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples. It will consider the difficulty in changing the Australian Constitution and canvass why Indigenous Australians will need to be more specific in articulating the importance of Indigenous recognition in the operative provisions of the Constitution. Indigenous peoples know that our rights are inherent and that few jurisdictions actually require Indigenous peoples to justify their recognition. We also know that the evidence is strong from comparative common law jurisdictions that constitutional recognition does result in better outcomes in employment, health, education and women’s wellbeing. Yet given the inertia of the state in recognising Indigenous rights and because of the tenor of debate on Indigenous issues in Australia, we must establish the causal relationship between rights recognition and improving the wellbeing of Indigenous peoples’ lives. Therefore, this paper argues that in advocating for constitutional reform, we need to emphasise the connection between dealing with disadvantage - an urgent and immediate priority - and the ‘big picture’ in terms of addressing unfinished business between Indigenous peoples and the state. The Indigenous community is diverse enough in leadership and expertise and committed enough to work toward both outcomes.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Alejandro Anaya Muñoz (2005). Democratic Equality and Indigenous Electoral Institutions in Oaxaca, Mexico: Addressing the Perils of a Politics of Recognition. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 8 (3):327-347.
Susan Dodds (1998). Justice and Indigenous Land Rights. Inquiry 41 (2):187 – 205.
Mark F. N. Franke (2007). Self-Determination Versus the Determination of Self: A Critical Reading of the Colonial Ethics Inherent to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Journal of Global Ethics 3 (3):359 – 379.
Roy W. Perrett (1998). Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice. Environmental Ethics 20 (4):377-391.
Terry Dunbar & Margaret Scrimgeour (2006). Ethics in Indigenous Research – Connecting with Community. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 3 (3):179-185.
A. Knight Jennifer, J. Comino Elizabeth & Lisa Jackson-Pulver Elizabeth Harris (2009). Indigenous Research: A Commitment to Walking the Talk. The Gudaga Study—an Australian Case Study. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 6 (4).
Roy W. Perrett (1998). Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice. Environmental Ethics 20 (4):377-91.
Added to index2009-05-17
Total downloads10 ( #215,417 of 1,699,425 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #362,609 of 1,699,425 )
How can I increase my downloads?