As Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, yesterday I announced Tracks to Treaty – a first step towards a treaty with First Nations Queenslanders.
The first penal settlement in Queensland was established in Moreton Bay in 1824, marking more than a century of violence and oppression of Queensland’s First People.
The Queensland frontier was notoriously violent, and to use the words of author Timothy Bottoms, a conspiracy of silence and cover up marked the treatment by government of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples – from European settlement into modern times.
The theme of this year’s NAIDOC Week is Voice. Treaty. Truth.
The Palaszczuk Government’s reform agenda announced yesterday is to support self-determination, truth-telling, local decision-making and better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
It is my hope that it will mark the foundation of a new and just relationship.
We have established an eminent panel of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Queenslanders to lead the conversation about genuine agreement about reconciliation and self-determination.
The panel will be co-chaired by Jackie Huggins, the co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First People and Emeritus Professor and former Federal Attorney-General Michael Lavarch. The panel will include Former Human Rights Commissioner Mick Gooda, former Governor-General Quentin Bryce, and preeminent journalist Kerry O’Brien.
This is a conversation for all Queenslanders, so that together, we can create a just and equal future for all.
If you would like to be involved, please get in touch.
Member for South Brisbane