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In a monumental event for Victoria, the first ever piece of treaty legislation in Australia had its second reading in Parliament last month before being slated for debate next month.
According to the Victorian Government, the Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 will be a roadmap for other treaty negotiations.
The Bill is the result of the work of more than 7500 Aboriginal community members who have been working with government during the past two years.
It reflects the shared aspiration of the Government and Aboriginal Victorians to negotiate a treaty or treaties that will help tangibly improve the lives of Aboriginal Victorians, and the lives of future generations.
This historic milestone on the path to treaty was marked with a special event at Parliament House, hosted by Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher AO.
“Aboriginal Victorians have long called for treaty. Australia is one of the only Commonwealth countries that does not have a treaty with Indigenous peoples and Victoria can lead the way, ensuring recognition of historic wrongs and promotion of fundamental human rights,” Ms Gallagher said.
For more information see Treaty – Victorian Government.