BEN SCHOKMAN is Director of International Human Rights Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre.
Respected Indigenous leaders, Les Malezer and Jody Broun have been elected co-chairs of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples. Mr Malezer said Australia’s first peoples exercising the right to unreservedly elect their own national leaders, in their own national organisation, was a historical occasion. ‘As such it is the very first step towards self-determination, which is our political right, our human right, our inherent right and our right to equality with all other peoples of the world including the peoples of the Australian nation,’ Mr Malezer said.
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