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A short tribute to Sir Ninian Stephen

A short tribute to Sir Ninian Stephen

When Sir Ninian Stephen found that lands around Uluru-Kata Tjuta [Ayers Rock] were to be returned to their traditional owners he put his hand up to be the official representative of the Crown in handing over the title deeds.

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 3 – the 1993 Eva Valley Statement

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 3 – the 1993 Eva Valley Statement

At a media conference, an angry Keating attacked the Eva Valley statement and Mick Dodson in particular for a critical speech Dodson had made in Geneva a few weeks earlier. He at the same time praised Sol Bellear and Noel Pearson for their 'supportive comments': Gary Foley, 2001.

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 2 – the 1998 Barunga Statement

Essential documents from Aboriginal Australia: 2 – the 1998 Barunga Statement

"Sovereignty became treaty, treaty became reconciliation and reconciliation became nothing. … We will dig a hole and bury it. It will be a protest but I also hope that it can represent a new start for Aboriginal people”: Galarrwuy Yunupingu, 2006

Kicking the Treaty can down the road … again

Kicking the Treaty can down the road … again

If Abbott had been in power last Friday he would have in all likelihood made a better response than the equivocation from our current leaders. Neither Turnbull or Shorten have the wit, interest or political savvy to get a treaty—or the other proposals in the Uluru Statement—past their respective right wings, who as my colleague Bernard Keane stressed in Crikey yesterday will—with their fellow-travellers—be more than willing to employ dishonesty and deceit to push back on any proposal for a treaty.