Constitutional Recognition: retiring from the hamster wheel

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Grace Hartley


The process of realising constitutional recognition for Australia’s Indigenous population can be characterised as a cycle: the government commissions a group of experts to give recommendations, that group presents their recommendations, the government either rejects or fails to act on said recommendations and so, the government commissions a new group of experts and the cycle starts again. Each time the government will commission a similar group of experts, with a similar aim, bestowing upon the group a unique title in an attempt to mask the hamster-wheel that is the constitutional recognition debate.

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Hartley, G. (2020). Constitutional Recognition: retiring from the hamster wheel. NEW: Emerging Scholars in Australian Indigenous Studies, 5(1).