Indigenous people fear being left out of recognition debate, academic says

Monday, May 25, 2015

The director of UNSW’s Indigenous Law Centre says there are concerns that a referendum will result only in symbolic recognition without any real power. 

Many Indigenous people are just going along with the constitutional recognition movement because they feel they have no choice, an academic says.

Megan Davis, the director of the Indigenous Law Centre at the University of NSW, said: “there is an increasing position that anything is better than nothing”, and that Indigenous people are being left out of the debate.

In a keynote speech to the biennial National Rural Health Conference in Darwin on Monday, she said Indigenous people are concerned that a referendum, to be held in 2017, will result only in symbolic recognition without any real constitutional power.

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