Greens demand for Aboriginal sovereignty clouds state Treaty bill

Greens demand for Aboriginal sovereignty clouds state Treaty bill, by Samantha Johnson.

A landmark bill paving the way for Australia’s first state-based Treaty with indigenous people has passed Victoria’s lower house, but faces an uncertain future in the upper house as the Greens demand the final version recognises Aboriginal sovereignty.

Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Natalie Hutchins has declared the state is a step closer to Treaty and reconciliation after a bill which creates an Aboriginal Representative Body to negotiate options for a Treaty passed the Legislative Assembly. …

Ms Hutchins and Greens MP Lidia Thorpe, a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, have clashed continually over the bill’s failure to explicitly recognise Aboriginal sovereignty in Victoria, which Ms Thorpe claims is critical for Aboriginal self-determination. …

“Having sovereignty is more than a legal necessity, it’s a moral responsibility,” Ms Thorpe said. “It is the right thing to do. Such a statement would send a powerful message that the Victorian Government is committed to a truly meaningful Treaty process.”

Australia is in self-destruct mode.

hat-tip Stephen Neil