The Forgotten People
Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris
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Liberal and conservative approaches to recognising indigenous peoples
Foreword by Noel Pearson
The Forgotten People challenges the assumption that constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians is a project of the left in Australia.
It demonstrates that there may be a set of reforms that can achieve the change sought by indigenous leaders, while addressing the critical concerns of constitutional conservatives and classical liberals. More than that, this collection illustrates the genuine goodwill that many Australians, including Major General Michael Jeffery, Cardinal George Pell, Chris Kenny and Malcolm Mackerras, share for achieving indigenous recognition that is practically useful and symbolically powerful.
About the authors
Damien Freeman is a lawyer, writer, and philosopher who lectures on ethics and aesthetics at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Director of the Governor-General's Prize for the Constitution Education Fund Australia.
Shireen Morris is a lawyer, senior policy adviser and constitutional reform research fellow at Cape York Institute, and a researcher at Monash University.