Australia’s first treaty laws have been introduced into the Victorian Parliament.
The historic legislation will see the Victorian Government and the state’s Aboriginal people enter into formal treaty negotiations – the first state in the country to do so.
Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Natalie Hutchins said treaty was an opportunity to accelerate ‘Closing the Gap’.
“As noted in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, the only way in which future generations can flourish is when Aboriginal people have power over their own destiny,” Mr Hutchins said.
Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner Jill Gallagher said treaty would allow all of the Victorian community to celebrate the oldest living cultures in the world.
The bill will need to pass Victoria’s Upper House.