From an episode of Uncommon SensePresented by Amy Mullins

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Uncommon Sense: In Support Of The Uluru Statement, Henry Reynolds On Why First Nations Sovereignty Was Never Ceded

Acclaimed historian Professor Henry Reynolds speaks with host Amy Mullins about the historical reality of the colonisation of Australia, and why it is legally, historically, and morally clear that First Nations sovereignty was never ceded. Henry goes in-depth on the international law the British and all European nations were operating under at the time and how even by eighteenth-century historical and legal standards, the British Empire's claim of the entire continent of Australia was astonishing and legally unsupportable.

Henry also discusses his life's research on the frontier wars in Australia and his views on treaty-making, memorialisation, and confronting our violent history. His new book is Truth-Telling: History, Sovereignty, and the Uluru Statement.

Henry Reynolds is an Honorary Research Professor in Aboriginal Studies, Global Cultures, and Languages at the University of Tasmania.

Truth-Telling book cover by Henry Reynolds
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