Minister Wyatt’s National Press Club address today provided little clarity on his vision for constitutional recognition.
“It is clear from the First Nations Regional Dialogues and Uluru Statement from the Heart that the community wants a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution,” Australian Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.
“While I welcome the Minister’s commitment to a process of co-design, we are lacking details about what co-design will look like and whether First Nations peoples will lead the process. I will be watching the process closely and am keen to see more detail on what the Minister has planned.
“In spite of the commitment to walk in partnership with First Nations peoples, the Government continues to support punitive and racist programs like the Cashless Debit Card and Community Development Program. I was disappointed to hear the Minister’s support for these programs and I urge the Minister to take a critical look at these programs. It is clear from the evidence that they are not working. People are still unable to exit the Cashless Debit Card program despite the new so called opt out process that started last week.
“The Greens are committed to working with First Nations peoples to achieve the Voice to Parliament and address Australia’s unfinished business of treaties, healing, justice and truth.”
Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie; 0418 401 180