Jon Altman

Jon Altman
Jon Altman is an emeritus professor at the Australian National University. His recent publications include Arguing the Intervention (2013) and People on Country, Vital Landscapes, Indigenous Futures (co-edited, 2012).

Jon Altman reviews 'Up from the Mission: Selected writings' by Noel Pearson

July-August 2009, no. 313 01 July 2009
Jon Altman reviews 'Up from the Mission: Selected writings' by Noel Pearson
Up from the Mission is a powerhouse of a book. One would expect no less from Noel Pearson. This collection of thirty-eight essays combines to provide multiple overarching narratives: Pearson’s personal trajectory from the mission on Cape York, where he grew up; his intellectual development; and his political efforts at regional and national levels to redevelop Cape York communities and to influe ... (read more)

Jon Altman reviews 'A Rightful Place: Race, recognition and a more complete commonwealth' (Quarterly Essay 55) by Noel Pearson

November 2014, no. 366 01 November 2014
Jon Altman reviews 'A Rightful Place: Race, recognition and a more complete commonwealth' (Quarterly Essay 55) by Noel Pearson
Whether you love or hate lawyer–activist Noel Pearson’s ideas, you have to admire his chutzpah, his willingness to put his ideas out there for public discussion and debate, even if his own dogmatism sometimes limits his diplomatic engagements. His latest offering, A Rightful Place, outlines his manifesto for indigenous constitutional recognition. Pearson’s admirable goal is to ensure a more ... (read more)