Uphold & Recognise


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.”

20 September 2017

The National Indigenous Times reviewed A Rightful Place: A Road Map to Recognition. The book features a chapter by Damien Freeman and Nolan Hunter.

16 September 2017

SBS conducted an interview with Uphold & Recognise’s CEO, David Allinson, about an essay by Sean Gordon, entitled Claiming the Common Ground for Recognition. Gordon’s essay is available for download hereClick here to listen to the interview. SBS also wrote a report about the essay’s launch, which featured Stan Grant, Chris Kenny and Michael Rose AM.

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.