Journal article

Federalism, constitutional recognition and Indigenous Peoples: how a new identity-based state can be established in Australia

Michael G Breen

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICAL SCIENCE | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

The debate on constitutional recognition of Indigenous Peoples in Australia has highlighted the desire for meaningful responses to Indigenous Peoples’ claims to sovereignty and self-determination. One potential response is to apply federal principles and establish a new state, or states, for Indigenous Peoples in Australia. This proposal has been most prominently put by Tasmanian Aboriginal leader Michael Mansell. Others have followed. However, (at least) one fundamental problem with this federal idea has not been properly addressed, namely the dispersal and limited geographical concentration of Indigenous people in Australia. This paper asks whether and how federalism can be used to institu..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was possible thanks to funding from the University of Melbourne under grant number 502581.