daniel stewart on the australian constitution


Daniel Stewart, ‘Indigenous people as equals?’, Legaldate 26 3 (2014).

As the founding document of the nation, the Australian Constitution should, at a minimum, recognise Indigenous people as the first people of the continent. This article argues that Parliament’s cross-party support for a referendum on constitutional recognition of Indigenous peoples provides a timely opportunity for creating both formal constitutional recognition and racial equality for Indigenous people. Such recognition, as will be discussed below, was not possible until recently.

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