Achieving Social Justice: Indigenous Rights and Australia's Future
Cover artwork: Women Within by Bronwyn Bancroft - Courtesy Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative Shortlisted for the Stanner Award 2004. Larissa Behrendt attacks the chasm which has grown between Indigenous lives and aspirations in Australia, and the psychological terra nullius which continues, despite Mabo, to pervade so much of Australia's mythology and policy. She proposes longer term, aspirational initiatives leading to institutional change that will facilitate greater rights protection and the exercise of self-determination, including: a preamble to the Constitution a treaty the national self-image economic redistribution alternative institutional forms regional framework agreements a more energised politics Constitutional protection.
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