Debates in contemporary Indigenous affairs rarely question the settler-state framework and its accompanying institutions and processes. This silence persists despite Indigenous efforts to engage the settler-colonial order through repeated calls for treaties, for constitutional change, for self-determination and for better representation on the national political stage. These Indigenous efforts to enter into dialogue with mainstream Australia have thus far received little or no reciprocal movement from the settler state and its associated institutions.
Cornell, Stephen. 2011. "Foreword." In Unsettling the Settler State: Creativity and Resistance in Indigenous Settler-State Governance, edited by Sarah Maddison and Morgan Brigg. Australia: Federation Press.