Uphold & Recognise


26 June 2018

The Australian published an article about the launch of Upholding the Big Ideas by Uphold & Recognise and the PM Glynn Institute. The launch featured the former High Court judge Michael Kirby, Noel Pearson, Rachel Perkins and Greg Craven. 

Upholding the Big Ideas can be downloaded from our Publications page.

28 June 2018

Michael Kirby wrote an article for The Sydney Morning Herald about our event. The Australian and NITV also published articles on the subject.


31 January 2019

Sean Gordon was quoted in an article in the Australian Financial Review as saying, “We have been at this for more than 10 years and have one chance to get this right. We don't want to miss that opportunity by not doing everything we can to get the right result. The consequences of failure on reconciliation efforts will be dire and there may not be another opportunity to revisit this.”

5 August 2018

SBS cited the work of Uphold & Recognise  in an article about the progress of constitutional reform.

2 August 2018

The Australian Financial Review named Sean Gordon BOSS True Leader 2018 for is work on constitutional reform.

2 June 2018

The Australian published an article by Noel Pearson about Constitutional Recognition and Uphold & Recognise.

16 April 2018

The Australian published a short interview with Nolan Hunter about the proposed, constitutionally enshrined voice to Parliament.

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.