Uluru Statement from the Heart: Australian Public Law Pluralism

Dani Larkin, Kathrine Galloway

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Abstract

It is now over a year since the declaration of the Uluru Statement
from the Heart (the ‘ Uluru Statement’). Following an exhaustive
series of dialogues with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
community throughout Australia, the Uluru Statement offers an
Indigenous-led legal, political, and cultural solution for bringing
together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within our
system of governance. Its three pillars are Voice, treaty, and truthtelling.
In this comment we provide an overview of the Uluru Statement
and its importance in Australia’s legal landscape. We do so as a
background to our key contention that the Uluru Statement is a
central pillar in a truly pluralistic Australian public law. Regardless
of its political reception — at the time of writing the Australian
government has rejected it out of hand — the Uluru Statement
represents a milestone of Australian law offering a vital opportunity
to integrate Indigenous law into an otherwise settler legal system.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalBond Law Review
Volume30
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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Uluru Statement from the Heart : Australian Public Law Pluralism. / Larkin, Dani; Galloway, Kathrine.

In: Bond Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 2, 2018.

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