Sunday, December 26, 2010

Bloggers who get it

David Donovan's blog on indigenous recognition in the constitution is informative and respectful: Indigenous Recognition and the future of constitutional reform in Australia

He discusses the prospects for success of a question or questions on recognition of Indigenous Australians put to Australian voters at a referendum. He also outlines the policy of the Australian Republican Movement on this matter:

1 comment:

  1. exceptional work Marcia and you are are great inspiration to all Australians and we applaud your endeavours to make Australia and Australians recognise Indigenous Australians as the spirit, ritual custodians and truth of Australia.
    Bill Peacock OAM (A dear friend of Alan Parsons)


Marcia Langton on why we need constitutional change

Our Constitution does not recognise the First Australians. In fact it enables governments to discriminate against under the 'race power.' The referendum of 1967, while it resulted in indigenous people being counted in the census and gave the Commonwealth the power to legislate on indigenous matters, did not give us recognition or equality. Even though the Racial Discrimination Act foribids racism, governments continue to discriminate. Could constitutional amendment stop discrimination against us? Many years ago, I became interested in the Makarrarta campaign that the Aboriginal Treaty Committee and the National Aboriginal Congress pursued. The problem was then, as it is now, that indigenous Australians have no status in the nation other than as ordinary citizens, which clearly we are not: we are the inheritors of ancient Australian traditions, including polities, or tribes, or clans. These long predate the Annexation of Australia and the Australian Constitution. Various statutes define our status in very limited ways, although some give quite important rights, but always at the pleasure of the Crown of the day. The following documents are a potted history of my own interests in constitutional issues and the way that indigenous Australians have argued for a better deal from the nation state that was built on our land:

There's more to come.