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2 March 2018
According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Julian Leeser MP (the co-founder of Uphold & Recognise) and Senator Patrick Dodson will co-chair “a new parliamentary committee that will seek to find ‘common ground’ and work towards a successful referendum on Indigenous recognition in the Constitution”.
19 February 2018
The Hon. Chris Bowen MP mentioned The Forgotten People, a book co-edited by Damien Freeman and Shireen Morris, during an episode of the ABC’s Q&A. Bowen acknowledged that the Voice to Parliament is supported by constitutional conservatives such as Professor Greg Craven and Julian Leeser MP. The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP referred to the Voice as “a third chamber of Parliament”. The Forgotten People explains why Frydenberg’s characterisation is incorrect.
27 January 2018
Noel Pearson cited the two co-founders of Uphold & Recognise in his latest article for The Australian: “The genius of Freeman and Leeser’s concept of an extra-constitutional declaration offers an apposite instrument to set out the reconciled meaning of Australia.”
26 November 2017
Noel Pearson wrote about Uphold & Recognise and Damien Freeman in his new essay for The Monthly: “One of the devisers of the voice-to-the-parliament proposal was the lawyer and philosopher Damien Freeman. [...] Freeman established with Liberal MP Julian Leeser the conservative organisation Uphold & Recognise, dedicated to Indigenous constitutional recognition via the voice to parliament. Freeman is a true conservative.”
15 November 2017
The Australian covered Sean Gordon’s resignation from the Liberal Party: “Mr Gordon is Chairman of the Uphold and Recognise group established by Mr [Julian] Leeser to promote the proposed constitutional reform as being both modest and legally sound.” Upon resignation, Mr Gordon said, “I cannot remain a member of a party that denies a voice to the First Peoples of this country.”
1 November 2017
The CEO and co-founders of Uphold & Recognise are cited in an article from The Australian, “Eminent Lawyers Petition Turnbull to Rethink Voice Stance.”
28 October 2017
The Weekend Australian published an article about the Uluru Statement, the proposed Indigenous advisory body, and the co-founders of Uphold & Recognise: “While complex, the central proposition of the Uluru Statement was constitutionally conservative, developed by professors Greg Craven and Anne Twomey, Liberal MP Julian Leeser and lawyer and philosopher Damien Freeman. As the Law Council noted this week, the body would have been ‘a mechanism for Indigenous views to be expressed to parliament, not in parliament.’ Its role would have been advisory and non-binding.”
27 October 2017
The ABC published an opinion piece by Sean Gordon, “Indigenous Recognition: The Turnbull Government’s Rejection of the Uluru Statement is Indefensible.”
26 October 2017
The Guardian cited Julian Leeser’s declaration of support for the Uluru Statement: “What [Indigenous people] are giving us instead is a direction, an important direction. They are telling us that they want to be consulted and have a voice in the way in which policy is developed, and consultation is good.” The Guardian also noted the support of “leading legal organisations, including the Law Council of Australia and the New South Wales Bar Association.”
Reviews of The Forgotten People
The Forgotten People is a book co-edited by Damien Freeman from Uphold & Recognise and Shireen Morris from the Cape York Institute. It is available for purchase via Melbourne University Press.