The Farce At Kirribilli: Abbott, Shorten Put The Con Back Into Constitutional Reform

Originally published by New Matilda on July 7, 2015 The artist Richard Bell once famously proclaimed in an award-winning painting ‘Aboriginal art – it’s a white thing’. His Bell’s Theorem, as told in an interview to the Sydney Morning Herald basically said about Aboriginal art, that “White people say what’s good. White people say what’s […]

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Recognise Cracks Deepen As Tasmanian Leader Says Referendum Won’t Bring Justice

Originally published by New Matilda on April 14, 2015 A prominent Aboriginal lawyer says there has never been a “damaging split” in the contentious debate to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the constitution, and says the campaign is “dead anyway and won’t get up”. This week Cape York lawyer Noel Pearson again threw his […]

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‘Recognising’ The Artful Con That Is The Constitutional Reform Debate

Originally published by New Matilda on December 12, 2014 The great academic Noam Chomsky once wrote: “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum”. This quote perfectly encapsulates the current debate around constitutional reform – where there […]

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