Legislation advances in Australia to affirm Aboriginal sovereignty

August 6, 2018

According to The Guardian:

It is the first time legislation committing to treaty negotiations has ever been considered by an Australian parliament.

“Treaties are between two sovereigns, and to…go ahead with treaty negotiations and not actually recognise that Aboriginal people are the sovereign people of this land, then I think that’s one of the major failures of this legislation,” Thorpe told Guardian Australia. “If we can’t start by addressing sovereignty, then that’s a joke.”

The reference to Aboriginal sovereignty in the bill is currently confined to the preamble, which states that: “Victorian traditional owners maintain that their sovereignty has never been ceded.”

To read the entire article in The Guardian, please click here.

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