The Forgotten People: Liberal and conservative approaches to recognising indigenous peoples

Author(s): Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris


The Forgotten People challenges the assumption that constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians is a project of the left in Australia.It demonstrates that there may be a set of reforms that can achieve the change sought by indigenous leaders, while addressing the critical concerns of constitutional conservatives and classical liberals. More than that, this collection illustrates the genuine goodwill that many Australians, including Major General Michael Jeffery, Cardinal George Pell, Chris Kenny and Malcolm Mackerras, share for achieving indigenous recognition that is practically useful and symbolically powerful.


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Includes a contribution from the Australian Christian Lobby's Lyle Shelton.

The Forgotten People fills me with great pride and immense hope. – Noel Pearson A most timely book. – Michael Kirby A marvellous collection of considered and passionate responses from leading Australians. – Janet Albrechtsen This book is fascinating because it represents the important foundational step of those constitutional conservatives who believe there is a sound reason for change then embarking on the task of convincing each other how that change could be best achieved ...' – Christian Porter MP I urge you to open this book and your mind to engage in making a better Australia. – Rachel Perkins

Damien Freeman is a lawyer, writer, and philosopher who lectures on ethics and aesthetics at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and Director of the Governor-General's Prize for the Constitution Education Fund Australia.

Shireen Morris is a lawyer, senior policy adviser and constitutional reform research fellow at Cape York Institute, and a researcher at Monash University.

General Fields

  • : 9780522869644
  • : Melbourne University Press
  • : Melbourne University Press
  • : March 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : Damien Freeman, Shireen Morris