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Greens say the PM should have met with Alwyn Doolan and accepted Message Sticks 

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Rachel Siewert 21 Aug 2019

The Greens have said the Prime Minister’s refusal to meet with Alwyn Doolan and accept the message sticks he carried for 8,500km is out of touch.

“It’s disheartening that the Prime Minister continues to show just how out of touch he is with First Nations peoples, most recently when he refused to meet with Alwyn Doolan," Australian Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said.

 “We encourage all Australians to call on the Prime Minister to accept the Message Sticks for First Nations peoples and commit to a co-design process that includes a Voice enshrined in the Constitution.

"As part of addressing our unfinished business, we also need to negotiate treaties with First Nations peoples.

 “Accepting the message sticks would have sent a powerful message that the Australian Government is committed to a truly meaningful process of engagement with First Nations peoples.

 “We need Government policies and practices to respect the right of First Nations peoples to self-determination.

 “It’s time that all political parties acknowledged the truth about our shared history, listen to First Nation peoples when they tell this truth and be part of addressing the contemporary consequences of invasion and the intergenerational trauma, the resulting dispossession and marginalisation that is part of our unfinished business."

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