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Listening but not hearing

Read Professor Megan Davis’s article in the latest Griffith Review here.

'Public policy no longer requires the imprimatur of the Aboriginal people; Aboriginal participation in the decisions taken about their lives is negligible. It is a distraction, an indulgence even. Desperate pleas for a renewed emphasis on Indigenous design and Indigenous participation are met with the unexamined refrain, "We tried that and it didn’t work". A mostly uncritical mainstream media cheers from the sidelines, dutifully promoting prime ministerial remote-community fly-bys as policy and gushingly retweeting images of unnamed natives: state-funded junket as "the coming of the light".'

Volume 18 Number 2

GENERAL COMMENTARY

Indigenous Law Bulletin 8(21)

Indigenous Law Bulletin Vol 8 No 21 includes a detailed and contextual analysis of the High Court of Australia’s decision in North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency Ltd v Northern Territory [2015] HCA 41 by Jonathon Hunyor. We also have a piece by Mayra Tirira Rubio exploring how legal pluralism operates in Ecuador, an article on superannuation accessibility and Indigenous disadvantage by ASIC’s Alya Gordon and Nathan Boyle; and a comparison of Australia’s ‘right to negotiate’ with Canada’s ‘duty to consult’ by Kate Madden. We have reproduced the transcript of Paul Keating’s landmark Redfern Park speech in this edition, to commemorate its 23rd anniversary on 10 December. The Bulletin features the artwork of Christian Thompson.

Gesture Politics: Recognition Alone Won't Fix Indigenous Affairs

Read Professor Megan Davis’s article in The Monthly’s Summer Issue here. In it, Professor Davis looks at policy and structural changes that are having far more impact on Indigenous people than any symbolic recognition in the Constitution could possibly have – and not in a good way. There's also much to do by way of consultation before a direction and the form of recognition can be decided.

Megan Davis appointed to Referendum Council

Professor Megan Davis has been appointed to the Referendum Council announced Monday 7 December by Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten. Co-chaired by Patrick Dodson and Mark Liebler and consisting of 14 other members, the Council is charged with overseeing the next steps towards a successful referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s Constitution. However Professor Davis, speaking on Radio National yesterday, cautioned against such an assumption, and warned that the model should be right before focus turned to a possible date for the referendum.

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