A hazy mission and a well-stumbled path towards Indigenous recognition in the constitution

Kirsten Lawson
Updated July 2 2021 - 3:04am, first published July 10 2019 - 5:00pm

John Howard's attempt to insert a preamble in the constitution made for an entertaining national debate when poet Les Murray helped him write what amounted to a flabby set of words that enshrined "mateship", railed against political correctness (in the guise of "fashion or ideology"), and recognised Indigenous people.

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Kirsten Lawson

Kirsten Lawson

Political reporter

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