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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

An Aboriginal activist and respected community leader, Noel Pearson came from the Guugu Yimithirr Aboriginal community at Hope Vale, a Lutheran Mission on Cape York Peninsula. He graduated with an honours degree in history from the University of Sydney. Pearson completed a law degree in 1993. In 1990 Pearson co-founded the Cape York Land Council where he was Executive Director until he resigned in 1996. He continues to advise a number of Indigenous organisations in Cape York, and advocates self-determination and land rights for Indigenous people.

As long as we have a constitution that characterises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the basis of race, it will always have deleterious implications for their citizenship. It must be removed … This is not just a matter of symbolism. I think this will be a matter of psychology. The day we come to regard ourselves as people with a distinct heritage, with distinct cultures and languages but not of a distinct race, will be a day of psychological liberation. And it will also be liberating for those in the wider community …

—Noel Pearson, A Rightful Place

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The nation has unfinished business. After more than two centuries, can a rightful place be found for Australia’s original peoples?
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PUBLISHED: September 2014
RRP: $19.99
ISBN: 9781863956819 PAPERBACK
ISBN: 9781922231826 EBOOK


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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Noel Pearson’s searing Quarterly Essay is a watershed moment for this country, a call for us to deal with unfinished business that tarnishes our nation … a landmark essay

Patricia Karvelas, The Australian

Clarity, goodwill, flexibility and realism ... Noel Pearson offers them in abundance.

Paul Kelly

A Rightful Place is an admirable addition to the Pearson oeuvre – intellectually braceing and cogently argued.

Henry Reynolds

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