Peretko, A. (2013). The Political Compatibility of Aboriginal Self-Determination and Australian Sovereignty. The Flinders Journal of History and Politics, 29.
It seems inevitable that sovereignty and self-determination engulf any discourse on reconciliation between Australia’s settled population and Aboriginal people. The pervasive myth in politics and public policy is that the concept of Australia’s sovereignty is highly incompatible with the concept of Aboriginal self-determination, because the former can only mean secession, and shy of that, it is impossible for Australia to have a treaty with itself. However, using an expansive view of self-determination, one commonly accepted historically and abroad, this paper demonstrates how Aboriginal self-determination can actually strengthen Australia’s international sovereignty and internal politics.