Indigenous forms of resistance in the context of constitutional recognition

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Resistance is a core concept for understanding regulation and governance. Resistance can mean active social mobilisation to change policy, non-compliance or resistance that is so quiet or passive that it is hard to identify.

In an era of increasingly polarised politics and populist anger, RegNet’s Conversations on Resistance seminar series in the month of November will focus on this concept and various manifestations of resistance across several contexts.

This second seminar in the series is Indigenous forms of resistance in the context of constitutional recognition.

Constitutional recognition of Australia’s First Peoples has sparked regular debate in recent years, absorbed much political attention and significant resources. Yet recognition remains contentious.

A consultation hosted by the Victorian government in February 2016 revealed resistance to recognition, where Victoria’s First Nations voted against recognition, and passed a motion that a treaty or treaties were preferred. Thus questions remain about what is to be recognised by whom and whether constitutional recognition should take place.

How would recognition affect the lives of those being ‘recognised’? Would self-determination for First Peoples be compromised by constitutional recognition? Are there other areas of law and policy in more urgent need of reform? What problems might remain even if the government’s (as yet unclear) proposals for recognition meet with a ‘yes’ vote? Would constitutional recognition disrupt or reproduce recent government trends to intensively regulate Indigenous peoples?

Please visit the link to more information about this event for more details, speaker biographies, further information about RegNet’s Conversations on Resistance seminar series and to register for the event.