Victorian Treaty Bill Under Fire From Greens
Sovereignty is the sticking point
“As it stands, the Bill says that aboriginal people maintain they still have sovereignty, which is different to the State actually acknowledging sovereignty.”
Clans need to self-determine
On the issue of clans being at the heart of treaty negotiations, Ms Thorpe believes that individual clans need to self-determine whether they want to participate in the treaty process.
While she acknowledged that there are some clans that are “happy to negotiate through a nation”, there are some that don’t actually belong to a nation that would represent them. In such cases, the Greens’ concern is that such clans could be excluded.
“As long as it takes”
Ms Thorpe has previously stated that the Greens are prepared to wait until the Government ‘gets it right’. “We can’t have people left in the community not benefitting or having stake in the process,” she told Charles.
“Until those corporations and organisations are held accountable by the people they say they represent, then we can’t go forward.”
Ms. Thorpe is also highly sceptical of the Victorian Government’s statement that 7,000+ Aboriginal people have been consulted on the process. “I question the integrity of the consultation and the ‘7,000’ they say that have been consulted,” she said.
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