Treaty talk : past, present and future -- [Edited version of the inaugural Ngunnawal Lecture at the University of Canberra]

Moreton-Robinson, Aileen M. (2001) Treaty talk : past, present and future -- [Edited version of the inaugural Ngunnawal Lecture at the University of Canberra]. Educare News, 117, pp. 44-47.

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Abstract

WELL I HEARD it on the radio and I saw it on the television. John Howard said there would be no talk of a treaty between his government and Indigenous people. He is not the first government leader to hold such views. Let me consider some of the public and official conversations that the concept of a treaty has invoked and what they reveal about white sovereignty. My interest in such dialogues stems from the fact that the idea of a treaty between white Australia and Indigenous people is not new and in the year of the centenary of Federation the Australian nation is still having trouble discussing it. Australian culture is less white than it used to be, but Anglicised whiteness forms the centre where white men established and defend institutions encouraging a possessive investment in white sovereignty. My intention is to invoke critical thought about these conversations. White sovereignty is a subject that asserts its dominance on social, political...

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ID Code: 66251
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation
Current > Research Centres > Indigenous Studies Research Network
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2014 22:37
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2014 22:38

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