Sup­port for Land Coun­cil treaty

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

NEW South Wales Greens have thrown their sup­port be­hind the NSW Abo­rig­i­nal Land Coun­cil’s call for a treaty be­tween the Gov­ern­ment and the First Peo­ples of NSW.

“The Greens sup­port Abo­rig­i­nal voices be­ing at the cen­tre when it comes to mak­ing laws and pol­icy af­fect­ing our com­mu­ni­ties,” Greens Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs spokesper­son Dawn Walker said.

“At both the State and Fed­eral level, we stand strong be­hind the call for treaties and the re­cent Uluru State­ment from the Heart.

“The NSW Abo­rig­i­nal Land Coun­cil has a long his­tory of ad­vo­cat­ing for and rep­re­sent­ing Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple across NSW.

“The Treaty process is a chance to help heal the past and move to­wards an equal part­ner­ship to en­sure that we do not con­tinue in the sorry tra­di­tion of mak­ing laws and de­ci­sions for Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties.

“Both the Vic­to­rian and South Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ments are al­ready in talks with Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple about state-based treaties – it’s time NSW did the same.”

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