Buraadja: the Liberal Case for National Reconciliation

Buraadja: the Liberal Case for National Reconciliation by Senator Andrew Bragg comprises three essays that make the case for national reconciliation and shows why reconciliation is consistent with liberal values.

Bugiya (yesterday) provides an account of the Liberal Party’s approach to Indigenous affairs. The party’s record of successes and failures is frankly evaluated as an important basis for developing effective approaches to persistent problems.

Nhaway (today) discusses the problems faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today and considers them through two contrasting lenses: the extremist lens of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the moderate lens of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. The Uluru Statement is shown to offer a modest approach to addressing problems by recognising Indigenous peoples in the Constitution, making agreements, and coming to terms with Australia’s history.

Buraadja (tomorrow) draws on liberal values to make a compelling case for national reconciliation in Australia and offers some practical suggestions for remembering our history, listening to Indigenous people, and planning for the future.

Buraadja was published by the Kapunda Press on 1 May 2021 and will be launched nationally via Zoom by Rachel Perkins, in Melbourne by Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, in Sydney by the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP, in Adelaide by the Hon. Steven Marshall MP, and in Canberra by the Hon. Ken Wyatt AM MP.

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