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Eddie Synot

UNSW

Eddie is a Wamba Wamba First Nations person who writes about Indigenous experience at the intersections of law, culture and society, exploring how these different fields impact upon and affect different representations of Indigenous peoples. He is an Indigenous academic lawyer and researcher and the Centre Manager of the Indigenous Law Centre at UNSW. Eddie has worked in Indigenous higher education providing support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying at Griffith University through the GUMURRII Student Support Unit. Eddie is also currently completing his PhD with the Griffith Law School focusing on a critique of Indigenous recognition and the liberal rights discourse of Indigenous recognition. Eddie has also taught Indigenous Studies and Law at Griffith University, teaching Reconstructing the Aboriginal Australian, Aboriginal Political Histories, Contemporary Aboriginal Issues and Property Law 1.

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Ken Wyatt's proposed 'voice to government' marks another failure to hear Indigenous voices

Many will feel a sense of déjà vu when reading the minister for Indigenous Australians' announcement of a co-design process for a “voice to government”. This is yet another process in the long journey of Indigenous people to set things right and for our voices to be heard. Ken Wyatt’s announcement states Indigenous people will have >the opportunity to have their say on the development of an Indigenous voice to government. This is new and worrying....

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Listening with 'our ears and our eyes': Ken Wyatt's big promises on Indigenous affairs

Recently, I wrote that Ken Wyatt’s appointment as the minister for Indigenous Australians was a momentous occasion in Australian history. The appointment showed the government is committed to doing things differently when it comes to its responsibilities and obligations to Indigenous Australians. It is still incredibly early days, but [Wyatt has...

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Ken Wyatt faces challenges – and opportunities – as minister for Indigenous Australians

Ken Wyatt is the first Indigenous cabinet minister in the history of the Commonwealth government. That he was also the first Indigenous member of the House of Representatives when elected in 2010 as the member for Hasluck, WA, and is now the first Indigenous person to be minister for Indigenous Australians, makes his appointment especially significant. Wearing his Noongar kangaroo skin booka, the significance of this appointment should not be understated. The short history of Indigenous participation in Australia’s...

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Constitutional reform made easy: how to achieve the Uluru statement and a First Nations voice

The Uluru Statement from the Heart is almost two years old and now enjoys bipartisan political support. Labor’s policy, if elected, is to hold a referendum on enshrining a First Nations voice in the Australian Constitution in their first term. The Coalition, while supporting the Uluru Statement from the Heart following the report of the [Joint Select...

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The Uluru statement showed how to give First Nations people a real voice – now it's time for action

In December 2018, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) resolved to "work collaboratively and in genuine, formal partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples". This commitment was in response to issues arising from the national review of Indigenous affairs policy. COAG noted in its [Closing the Gap...

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