There are a finite number of major books twhatich anchor the academic discourse of Australian planning. This cChapter considers these texts and the ways in which they define planning as a discipline and practice, construct a history of its development and consider Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The chapter argues that these texts either barely consider Indigenous peoples or marginalise their presence and render planning as a benign force in the regulation of Indigenous peoples and places. It is this absence that subsequent chapters seek to address and this history that the book rewrites.