Treaty discussions in South Australia ... making it clear for the mob !

19th Apr 2017

Kokatha/Mirning man Roger Thomas, the South Australian Treaty Commissioner says there are a lot of complexities surrounding Treaty... and providing relevant information to his people is vital.

What is a Treaty?

A Treaty is a high level legal agreement between two or more parties. A Treaty or Treaties could be made between Aboriginal people and government.
A Treaty is basically a contract or deal, where parties negotiate and agree on certain rights and responsibilities enforceable by law.
In some Commonwealth countries, governments have entered into Treaties with First Peoples either on colonisation or as a continuing practice today.
As a State of the Commonwealth, the South Australian Government has its powers limited by the Australian Constitution and may only enter agreements with its First Peoples in line with those powers.