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The 'Uluru statement from the heart': investigating indigenous Australian sovereignty

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Lee, E and Richardson, B and Ross, H, The 'Uluru statement from the heart': investigating indigenous Australian sovereignty, Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 23, (1-2) pp. 18-41. ISSN 1440-5202 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

The Uluru Statement from the Heart, issued in 2017 by representatives of Indigenous Australians, has reactivated simmering debates in Australia about political and legal recognition of Indigenous sovereignty. The Uluru Statement's calls for constitutional reform and bicultural treaty negotiations are premised on an understanding of sovereignty that is problematic because it elides fundamental doctrinal and political obstacles to attaining Indigenous sovereignty in its most expansive form while overlooking important gains already achieved or achievable for Indigenous control or shared management of natural resources and territory. This article critically evaluates the Uluru Statement in light of a deeper understanding of the political and legal permutations of the concept 'sovereignty' and existing governance reforms in Australia that offer a degree of 'internal sovereignty' short of separate nationhood status for Indigenous peoples.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aboriginal peoples, constitutional law, law reform
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the law
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services
Objective Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Richardson, B (Professor Benjamin Richardson)
ID Code:141042
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Office of the Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2020-09-21
Last Modified:2021-04-28
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