TV: ‘True Reconciliation Requires a Treaty’ – IQ2 Debate

Article By Gregory Phillips
Posted on: January 31, 2014
Article By Gregory Phillips

Will a treaty change the way we do government in this country? Is it something we should be scared of? What does a treaty deliver?

There are currently about 800 regional agreements with indigenous people across this country. They are, in effect, localised treaties. Do we need a universal agreement as well?

As one of the panellists Anthropologist Peter Sutton, arguing against the motion warns ‘be careful what you wish for’. His argument is that a universal agreement would reinforce the notion of race as a legal status in our country’s legal system.

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