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  • Writer's pictureBrian AJ Newman LLB

Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Indigenous Australians have long been seeking greater representation and participation in the Australian political process.

One way to achieve this is to provide a dedicated platform for Indigenous voices in the Australian Parliament.

There have been various proposals put forward for achieving this, including the establishment of a separate Indigenous parliament or council, or the creation of dedicated seats for Indigenous representatives in the existing Australian Parliament. However, these proposals have not yet been adopted.

One approach that has been taken is the creation of the Indigenous Advisory Council, which provides advice to the Australian Government on Indigenous policy issues.

However, this is an advisory body rather than a representative body with decision-making powers.

Another approach is through the use of the existing parliamentary committees, such as the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

These committees can provide a platform for Indigenous voices to be heard and for Indigenous perspectives to be taken into account in the development of policy and legislation.

Ultimately, achieving greater Indigenous representation in the Australian Parliament will require a collaborative effort between Indigenous communities, government, and other stakeholders.

It will also require a commitment to meaningful engagement, consultation, and reconciliation.

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