Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores the constitutional silence regarding Australia's First Peoples and the story behind it. In the process, the chapter illuminates the nature of future challenges. It draws attention to the legal domains beyond the founding document of 1901, such as legislation and the common law, as well as government policy and practice, and their interplay with the Constitution, in its original and amended form. The situation regarding Australia's First Peoples is thus analysed through four prisms: sovereignty and treaty-making, rights and freedoms, political participation and decision-making, and constitutional symbolism. Each theme draws on particular events from the past.
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