Jobs Events Advertise Newsletter

"Turned their back on the First Nations people" : Queensland's Treaty Minister slams LNP during question time

Dechlan Brennan -

Queensland's Treaty Minister has accused the state opposition of abandoning First Nations people after withdrawing their support for the treaty process.

Last year, the Liberal National Party back-flipped on their previously bi-partisan support for the treaty process, with opposition leader claiming in the wake of the Voice to Parliament referendum that the "path to treaty will only create further division".

On Wednesday, Quandamooka woman and Treaty Minister Leeanne Enoch addressed Queensland Parliament in response to a question from LNP MP John-Paul Langbroek about whether tax exemptions would form part of the government's path to treaty process.

The Minister criticised the opposition, arguing they had voted in favour of the legislation and then "within moments of a completely different decision, backflipped on Treaty and turned their back on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people".

"[They] turned their back on the First Nations people of this state, and any question from them [LNP] on Treaty, is about undermining Treaty," Ms Enoch said during a fiery sitting of Parliament.

"That is the nature of the LNP."

She said the legislation made clear there were bodies of work underway, including the establishment of a treaty institute and a truth-telling and healing inquiry.

"That is part of the legislation that this whole house backed, and those opposite have backflipped on," the Minister said, and argued through legislation, it was known what those two bodies of work currently being finalised would look like in Queensland.

"We will allow that work to occur and that will be a part of our pathway to Treaty."

Minister Enoch said the process formed an "important part" of closing the gap and argued the LNP previously cut funding to areas such as health and justice only contributed to a "widening of the gap."

"We know the unacceptable life outcomes of life outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people compared to non-Indigenous Queenslanders…it's just unacceptable," she said.

The Queensland government themselves has been consistently under fire by human rights, Indigenous and legal groups for their handling of youth justice, including twice suspending the state's Human Rights Act last year.

The state now houses more Indigenous youths than anywhere else in the country, and recently saw two disabled Indigenous children die in the immediate aftermath of being housed in isolation in youth detention facilities.

However, sources who worked in these spaces during the last LNP government in Queensland have told National Indigenous Times under promise of anonymity that they are fearful of cuts to services designed to help Indigenous people - especially children - if the opposition wins the October state election, having seen the results under the Newman government.

   Related   

New Caledonia starting to calm after nights of strife
French police reinforcements have begun arriving in New Caledonia in a massive...
Supreme Court sets date for strip search class action against NSW police
The New South Wales Supreme Court has set a date for the strip search class acti...
Dechlan Brennan 18 May 2024
Māori masters graduate finds home in urban planning
Arizona Haddon, a recent Masters graduate in Urban Planning from the University...
Joseph Guenzler 17 May 2024

   Dechlan Brennan   

Supreme Court sets date for strip search class action against NSW police
The New South Wales Supreme Court has set a date for the strip search class acti...
Dechlan Brennan 18 May 2024
Koethuka Kakur: Sherrin gets a makeover for Sir Doug Nicholls round with new name and artwork
The iconic Sherrin - a mainstay on every oval across the country for decades - w...
Dechlan Brennan 17 May 2024
Charles Maimarosia doesn't need to speak loudly – his music does the talking
Charles Maimarosia is a quiet man in person. Well dressed, with a large smile, h...
Dechlan Brennan 17 May 2024