What can Australia learn from indigenous recognition in other countries?

The recent bipartisan push to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Australia’s Constitution is in line with recent international practice. However, the Australian proposals will likely be much less substantive than those of many other countries.

Most specific proposals, such as those of the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians, avoid any language of indigenous “rights”. But it is almost inevitable that symbolic recognition will have political and economic consequences. Continue reading