Uluru statement: not merely Australian citizens, but active citizens

By Kim Rubenstein
Updated April 24 2018 - 12:17pm, first published June 4 2017 - 5:00am

As the Uluru statement was deliberated last month, I was giving the keynote address to Bond University's law school conference "The law and politics of control and power". When acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we met, I emphasised the acknowledgement of country as an important statement of reconciliation, placing attention on the historic and continuing imbalance of power between Indigenous Australians and those who arrived after. It should underpin all we do, if we are concerned with questions of law and politics and the proper limits of those who exercise power.

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