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Greens say Government is undermining co-design process by limiting options from the outset

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Rachel Siewert 30 Oct 2019

The Australian Greens have expressed deep concern about the Government’s approach to a Voice to Parliament and co-design and are calling for the Government to put all options back on the table including Treaty and Truth Telling.

“Co-design means listening and working with First Nations peoples, ruling out an option before you have even sat at the table is not co-design and it is not proper consultation,” Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

“I am deeply concerned about the process that the Government has proposed when they have redefined what a Voice would be and do, instead of being a Voice to Parliament, the Government wants a Voice to Government. This severely limits First Nations peoples input.

 “I am also concerned that very important issues like Truth Telling and Treaties are being ignored in this process.

“This proposal is very light on detail, we need to see more on what the Minister has planned as we have little idea about what the Government has in mind for constitutional recognition. I am very doubtful that a referendum without a Voice would get support of First Nations peoples or the broader community.

“This process is in serious danger of undermining the very important work already been done in this space.

“What’s clear is that First Nations peoples are sick of things being done to them, not with them.”

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