"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Based on author's thesis (doctoral - Monash University, 2017) issued under title: Recognition through representation : the case for an Indigenous representative body in the Constitution.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction The historical, political and theoretical context Understanding objections to a racial non-discrimination guarantee International inspiration The legislative possibility of reserved indigenous seats in parliament The case for a first nations voice in the Constitution Conclusion.