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To what extent will a treaty be more effective than Constitutional recognition in promoting equality and empowerment for Aboriginal peoples in Australia?

Research Paper (postgraduate) 2016 13 Pages

Sociology - Individual, Groups, Society

Summary

In Australia, Aboriginal peoples face serious inequalities in health, education, and employment due to disempowerment, but a treaty would provide Aboriginal peoples with power for change. A treaty is ‘a formal agreement that sets down terms and conditions by which two or more parties can co-exist.’ . In the Australian Constitution, Aboriginal peoples remain unrecognised as primary custodians of Australia. Current debate between Government and Indigenous communities about how to effectively promote equality and empowerment encompasses two main arguments: to have either a legislated treaty or Constitutional amendments. The majority agree that whilst Constitutional amendments are part of the solution, they will not increase equality and empowerment to the same extent as a treaty would:

Give people substantive power in their own affairs, encourage and support them in taking responsibility for themselves, offer assistance as they design tools for the exercise of that power - and chances are good they will do remarkable things.

If the Australian government provided Aboriginal nations with substantive power through a treaty, leading to self-determination, these ‘remarkable things’ would be improved healthcare, housing, education, employment, human rights, and higher overall wellbeing. Further, a treaty would empower First Nations peoples of Australia and begin a process of healing.

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Pages
13
Year
2016
ISBN (Book)
9783668267039
File size
773 KB
Language
English
Catalog Number
v336260
Grade
A+
Tags
Aboriginal rights Aboriginal wellbeing Aboriginal affairs Treaty Constitutional recognition Australian treaty Aboriginal empowerment Aboriginal equality Close the Gap Aboriginal sovereignty Sovereignty

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