: Victoria begins Indigenous Treaty talks

Victoria begins Indigenous Treaty talks

Robert Corr
Victoria

In February 2016, a meeting of about 500 Victorian Indigenous people voted unanimously against the Recognise campaign for a referendum to amend the Australian Constitution.

Dja Dja Wurrung elder Gary Murray told The Guardian, 'Recognition is about removing racist clauses in a white man's document that didn't even look after white women, let alone black people'.

Instead, the meeting called for prioritisation of a framework for negotiating treaties with Indigenous communities around Australia.

In response, the Victorian Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Natalie Hutchins, published a Statement on Self-Determination confirming the government's support for both Constitutional recognition and a treaty process.

The Victorian government held a series of community forums in April and May to decide on a process for treaty negotiations. Ms Hutchins said, 'The contents of a treaty can't be decided by the Government alone, they have to arise from a co-operative process with Victorian Aboriginals'.

ROBERT CORR is a legal studies teacher at 
The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School.

(2016) 41(2) AltLJ 140
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