In this special Constitutional recognition edition of the Indigenous Law Bulletin, we bring you up to date with the legal and non-legal developments that have taken place over the last eight to ten months.
Not only do we have a stellar line-up of constitutional reform and recognition experts writing for us, in this edition we also feature five specially commissioned works of art from five different Indigenous artists. Each artwork is the individual artist’s response to and comment on the constitutional recognition issue.
We also have Professor Duncan Ivison analysing recognition politics and writing on the philosophical differences between a recognition claim and a rights claim; Dylan Lino on ‘big-C’ Constitutional reform versus ‘small-c’ constitutional reform; and Associate Professor Sarah Maddison on the Recognise campaign and its problems.
Laureate Professor Emeritus Cheryl Saunders reviews two recent books published on constitutional recognition and, in doing so, draws out the key issues, and Glenn Patmore and Sarah Moorhead write on the party room considerations around a referendum.
Professor Megan Davis, Director of the Indigenous Law Centre, has critiqued the state of Indigenous affairs in this country. Her article, 'Listening but not hearing: process has trumped substance in Indigenous affairs' was originally published in the Griffith Review’s January 2016 edition, Fixing the System. It has been re-published by The Conversation, and can be accessed here.
Dr Kyllie Cripps has published another article on The Conversation website.
In the piece, 'Tackling Indigenous family violence needs more than band-aid solutions', Dr Cripps explores the feneral government's funding model for addressing Indigenous family violence and critiques the specific allocation of the funds, highlighting what's not being addressed and targetted that needs to be.