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Fellow and Professor of Political Philosophy Duncan Ivison argues that the call for a Voice to Parliament is not, as its critics argue, an attempt to insert race-based politics into the Australian Constitution but is instead a democratic claim.

This text is based on his 2022 Annual Academy lecture delivered in Ballarat at the 53rd Annual Academy Symposium. The full transcript of his lecture can be viewed on the video below.

Election to the Australian Academy of Humanities is the highest honour for achievement in and contribution to the humanities in Australia. Today, 37 new members were elected to the Fellowship.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities acknowledges, with deep sadness, the death of Colin Nettelbeck FAHA. Elected to the Academy in 1994, he was profoundly influential in French language and culture teaching in Australia and in the development of language policy in the University sector.

This week’s Five-Minute Friday Read from Janet McCalman, Emeritus Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor at the University of Melbourne, discusses the nature of wealth inequality and examines why a Universal Basic Income is not enough to fix the causes of poverty.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities acknowledges, with deep sadness, the death of Angus Trumble FAHA. A man of many talents – an art curator, a distinguished art historian, writer, curator and museum director – he was elected to the Academy in 2015.

This week saw the release of Ensuring Occupations are Responsive to People with Disabilities, a landmark report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. As part of the Academy of Humanities’ support for the project, Professor Bree Hadley provided a study of disability in the arts, creative, and cultural industries for the project, and Professor Gerard Goggin was a member of the Expert Reference Group. In this week’s Five-Minute Friday Read, they explain why disability training needs fundamental reform now.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities acknowledges, with deep sadness, the death of Shirley McKechnie AO FAHA. Shirley was a pioneer of Australian contemporary dance and dance education and one of the most influential artists in recent Australian history. She was elected to the Academy in 1998.

The Australian Academy of the Humanities acknowledges, with deep sadness, the death of Professor Mike Smith AM FAHA FSA, one of Australia’s most prominent desert field archaeologists. He was elected to the Academy in 2006.

In response to the current Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide and as part of the Five-Minute Friday Read series, Christina Twomey, Professor of History at Monash University, looks at the history of activism to raise awareness of veteran suicide and asks: what does Australia owe its veterans?

In today’s Five-Minute Friday Read, Graham Tulloch, Emeritus Professor of English at Flinders University, explores how the work of Robert Louis Stevenson continues to capture the imagination of modern audiences and why his work is still so relevant in the 21st century.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the traditional owners and custodians of this land, and their continuous connection to country, community and culture.