Traces the life of Charles Perkins and his involvement in the early Aboriginal rights movement activities in the 1960's. Focuses on the movement's activities especially in the small N.S.W. towns, Walgett and Moree, and interviews people who were involved. Shows historical footage of the events.
The author aims to provide a high-level and accessible overview of the policy and political forces which operate in the Indigenous policy domain, beginning with an analysis of the lessons of the last 30 years which emerged from the nation’s experiment with a legislated Indigenous voice from 1990 through to the mid-2000s when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) came into existence and was ultimately disbanded. Onto the current national debate on future Indigenous policy around the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the proposals for a constitutionally entrenched national Indigenous Voice to Parliament and a truth-telling process termed a Makarrata.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart, produced by the National Constitutional Convention in May 2017, contained a major proposal for reform: the alteration of the constitution to establish a First Nations Voice to Parliament. This paper examines twelve pieces of opinion research since 2017 to explore support for a First Nations Voice to Parliament among the Australian public. Specifically, we investigate levels of support, opposition, and neutrality over time, by party affiliation, and among the six Australian States.
Ideas that are migrating from Canada are already guiding advocates who seek greater judicial and constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. However, there is a need for a conceptual framework through which to approach the lessons that can be learned from Canada in this area. Inspired by The Migration of Constitutional Ideas, an edited work by Sujit Choudhry, in this thesis I argue that by thinking about the migration and transplantation of foundational ideas and by differentiating between four ‘modes’ of migration (arguments of counsel, judicial determinations, academic critique and constitutional reform deliberations), it is possible to better understand some of the processes that are at play.