Australia Communities and society , Democracy, devolution and governance , Welfare and equalities

A First Nations Voice to Parliament: Local Government’s role



It is a fact of history that the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia were not accorded respect and recognition when the British arrived to colonise these lands and waters in 1788. Indeed, since federation in 1901, there has been a long-running debate about the lack of recognition of Australia’s First Peoples in our Constitution.

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