PAST INJUSTICES AND FUTURE PROTECTIONS ON THE POLITICS OF PROMISING

Implications of the apology to the Indigenous people of Australia for past injustices and suffering delivered by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd 13 February 2008 - act of reconciliation - acknowledgement by the Commonwealth Government of the indignity and hurt inflicted upon the Stolen generations - p...

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Published in: Australian indigenous law review Vol. 13; no. 2; pp. 2 - 17
Main Author: Muldoon, Paul
Format: Journal Article
Language: English
Published: INDIGENOUS LAW CENTRE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES 01-01-2009
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Summary: Implications of the apology to the Indigenous people of Australia for past injustices and suffering delivered by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd 13 February 2008 - act of reconciliation - acknowledgement by the Commonwealth Government of the indignity and hurt inflicted upon the Stolen generations - promises of protection against racial discrimination - failure of the Government to make reparations needed to demonstrate the sincerity of the apology - problems relating to the unpredictability of political action - guarantee of 'never again' is a denial of contingency - risks of repeating injustice - questions of moral certainty and sovereign control - potential to perpetuate the conditions that lead to excessive uses of power.
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AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS LAW REVIEW, Vol. 13, No. 2, 2009: 2-17
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ISSN: 1835-0186