Institute for Social Justice

Doctoral Students

Jennifer Newman

Jennifer Newman

Grown up in Narromine, NSW; descended from long lines of Wiradjuri and Australian yarn spinners; presently residing on Wangal Country.

Jennifer has worked with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders adult learners in universities and TAFE, and developed and delivered Aboriginal Studies programs in Sydney and abroad.  Jennifer is a member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal, sitting in both the Guardianship and the Administrative and Equal Opportunity Divisions.

In the Doctoral Program at the Institute for Social Justice, Jennifer’s research examines the discourse of constitutional recognition in Australia.  The form of constitutional amendment presently under consideration is confined to an act of recognition exercised by Australia, to which the responsive role available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is silent and passive.  Through indigenist discourse analysis, with a strong narrative turn, Jennifer proposes an idea of engagement on the strength of reciprocal principles rather than compromising adversarial powers.