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The 'Uluru statement from the heart': investigating indigenous Australian sovereignty


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Lee, E, Richardson, B ORCID: 0000-0002-3249-5648 and Ross, H 2020 , 'The 'Uluru statement from the heart': investigating indigenous Australian sovereignty' , Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, vol. 23, no. 1-2 , pp. 18-41 .

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The Uluru Statement from the Heart, issued in 2017 by representatives of Indigenous Australians, has reactivated simmering debates in Australia about political and legal recognition of Indigenous sovereignty. The Uluru Statement's calls for constitutional reform and bicultural treaty negotiations are premised on an understanding of sovereignty that is problematic because it elides fundamental doctrinal and political obstacles to attaining Indigenous sovereignty in its most expansive form while overlooking important gains already achieved or achievable for Indigenous control or shared management of natural resources and territory. This article critically evaluates the Uluru Statement in light of a deeper understanding of the political and legal permutations of the concept 'sovereignty' and existing governance reforms in Australia that offer a degree of 'internal sovereignty' short of separate nationhood status for Indigenous peoples.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Lee, E and Richardson, B and Ross, H
Keywords: Aboriginal peoples, constitutional law, law reform
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues
Publisher: Moondani Toombadool Centre, Swinburne University of Technology
ISSN: 1440-5202
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