Queensland takes first step towards treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

17th Jul 2019

Queensland Government commit to reshape relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people - Jackie Trad Facebook image

On the last day of NAIDOC Week the Palaszczuk Labor Government announced the “Tracks to Treaty” initiative, committing to a pathway towards treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the state.

The announcement was made by Queensland Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Jackie Trad on Sunday 14th of July. The move means Queensland is the third jurisdiction in Australia pursing treaties with First Nations Peoples following efforts by Victoria and the Northern Territory.

A treaty working group will be created to hold consultations across the state in the second half of 2019. But people will also be able to have their say on treaty through submissions following the launch of a consultation paper.

An Eminent panel made up of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queenslanders will oversee the treaty process and provide a report to the state Government following consultations and submissions.

The panel will be co-chaired by Aboriginal leader and academic Dr Jackie Huggins and former Federal Attorney General Michael Lavarch.

CAAMA radio spoke with Ms Huggins who says she hopes people are able to grow their understandings of treaties and what impact they could have following the announcement.

Ms Huggins acknowledged the process could take years but says Queensland has taken important step.