‘Why is Australia Holding a Referendum to Recognise Aboriginal Peoples?’

Prof. George Williams from the University of New South Wales will be presenting on ‘Why is Australia Holding a Referendum to Recognise Aboriginal Peoples?’ 

Australia is in the midst of a national debate on whether to change its Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. At present, that document makes no such mention, and indeed permits discrimination against them and others on the basis of race. The debate raises important questions about referendums and human rights law, as well as broader issues around national identity and the place of first peoples in a modern democratic state. This talk will examine these and other issues.

All are welcome.

Tuesday 20 October 2015 at 3pm in the Neil MacCormick Room.