An Aboriginal treaty
Like Barnaby Joyce, Marvin Drinkwater (Letters, 10/9) shows his ignorance concerning “indigenous representation in Canberra”.
Mr Joyce was naive enough to say that this would result in a third chamber in our Federal Parliament. It appears Mr Drinkwater believes the same.
Clearly, neither of them have read the Uluru Statement that set out the aspirations of many of our Aboriginal people and was summarily dismissed by the Turnbull government.
It had nothing to do with creating an extra chamber of legislation.
As for international law, Australia does not always observe those laws and they do not determine the laws we make for the nation or changes to our Constitution.
Further, an Aboriginal Treaty would have a clear legal basis if the Australian people agreed, as the majority would.
Having an indigenous body to give advice on the making of laws affecting Aboriginal people would be no different to the strong industry groups and unions, together with lobbyists, who spend millions of dollars to influence and advise governments on policy and legislation.
Why should our indigenous people be denied the same opportunity?
Gordon Marshall, Melville