Practical Reconciliation, Practical Re-Colonisation?

Practical Reconciliation, Practical Re-Colonisation? Report

AIATSIS Issues Paper

  • Author(s): John Borrows
  • Published: 2004
  • Publisher: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; Native Title Research Unit
  • Volume: Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title

Abstract: Would the ‘practical re -colonisation’ of Australia by Indigenous peoples lead to practical reconciliation? John Borrows examines the Federal Government policy of practical reconciliation and argues that ‘practicality’ should not be the measure of all things when dealing with issues of reconciliation and colonisation. Based on the premise that equality of opportunity and outcome may give rise to a right of Indigenous peoples to participate in the re-colonisation of the continent, John Borrows demonstrates how understandings of ‘practical’ are subjective by asking what the practical result of Indigenous recolonisation might be.

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John Borrows, 2004, Practical Reconciliation, Practical Re-Colonisation?, Volume:Land, Rights, Laws: Issues of Native Title, Report, viewed 10 August 2022,

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