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Taking ‘a rightful place in our own country’: Indigenous self-determination and the Australian People

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What has happened to the project of Indigenous self-determination initiated by the Whitlam Government?

The Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University and Nura Gili, UNSW Sydney, present a one-day symposium to reflect on the project of Indigenous self-determination, and its various dimensions, at this critical juncture.


  • Heidi Norman (Whitlam Institute Fellow, UTS)
  • Diana Perche (Nura Gili, UNSW Sydney)
  • Anna Yeatman (Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University)

The project of Indigenous self-determination initiated by the Whitlam Government involves sharing power between Australian governments (federal, state and territory) and the Indigenous peoples of Australia. It re-configures the Australian people and recasts sovereignty, which is understood as the set of relationships between the Australian people and its governing institutions.

This symposium offers the opportunity to reflect on this project—to ask where have we come from and where may we go—at this critical juncture, when constitutional recognition of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations is on the historical agenda for the nation.