This guide to sources relating to the movement for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians was last updated by Library staff in 2020. It comprises selected material held by the State Library or available online and attempts to present resources containing a number of views on the concept of, and proposed form of recognition.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Recognition Act 2013 commits Parliament to placing before the Australian people at a referendum a proposal for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
According to Recognise, conversation around this referendum is currently focused on
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Davis, Megan and Langton, Marcia (eds). It's our country : Indigenous arguments for meaningful constitutional recognition and reform, 2016.
Davis, Megan and Williams, George. Everything you need to know about the referendum to recognise indigenous Australians, 2015.
Freeman, Damien (ed). The forgotten people: liberal and conservative approaches to recognising indigenous peoples. 2016.
Grant, Stan. The Uluru Statement and the end of history : 21st annual Hawke Lecture. 2018.
Morris, Shireen (ed.) A rightful place: a road map to recognition. 2017.
Pearson, Noel. A rightful place : race, recognition and a more complete commonwealth, 2014.
Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. Recommendations on constitutional recognition, 2000.
Website of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Includes, Interim, Progress and Final reports, submissions to the inquiry, and media releases.
Reconciliation Australia. 2016 Federal Election Statement
Referendum Council. The Council is leading national consultations and community engagement on constitutional recognition.
A number of websites and Facebook groups present opinions on why the Recognise campaign is flawed and/or why they oppose such a referendum. Those seeking alternative opinions on the Recognise movement should seek out such sites, and evaluate their content. Whilst such websites have not been included here, these dissenting opinions are represented in some of the other resources listed on this page.
The State Library has a number of electronic resources that are useful for finding articles relating to Aboriginal history.
Some of these resources can only be accessed within the library and others can also be accessed from home by becoming a Home Access User.
Behrendt, Larissa. 'Indigenous recognition: the concerns of those opposed must be taken seriously' from The Guardian Australia (online) 25 September 2014. (This article is a response to Liddle, below)
Liddle, Celeste. ‘I don't want your Recognise campaign – it's nothing but a sham’ from The Guardian Australia, (online) 18 August 2014.
McQuire, Amy. ‘Recognising the truth about Treaty through a storm of Constitutional spin’ from New Matilda, (online) 4 May 2016.
Morris, Shireen. 'The torment of our powerlessness': Addressing indigenous constitutional vulnerability through the Uluru statement's call for a first nations voice in their affairs' from University of New South Wales Law Journal (via eResources) vol 41, no 3. 2018.
Pearson, Luke. ‘Treaty vs Recognition – the importance of self-determination’ from IndigenousX, (online) August 2015.
Academic search complete General periodical index
Australian/New Zealand Reference centre Newspaper and magazine articles from the recent past.
Australian Public Affairs Full Text General periodical index
eLibrary Australasia Newspaper and magazine articles from the recent past.