A Treaty Process Post Election?

November 15, 2018

 by Charles Pakana. Treaty Engagement Correspondent

In just 9 days, on Saturday the 24th of November, Victorians take to the polls to vote for the next State Government.

According to Liberal Victoria, the party is going in to the election with a raft of what it hopes will be election winning policies. The Australian Labor Party is just as forthcoming in its pre-election promises, and the Greens, having finally found a firm and some say more competitive political footing over the past several years, are not intending to be left behind with their pre-election commitments to the electorate.

Regardless of which party you vote for, the fact is that your vote has the potential to impact on the Treaty process.

Since February 2016, the current Victorian government has been committed to a treaty process between the state government and First Nations of Victoria. The Matthew Guy-led opposition has been vocal in its belief that Treaty is not and should not be within the purview of the State Government, while the Greens have remained steadfast in pushing for significant changes to the entire Treaty process.

Over the past several weeks on this program I have spoken to the various Aboriginal Affairs spokespersons from each of the major political forces. Labor’s Natalie Hutchins, the current Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the National Party’s Tim Bull, Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, and Lidia Thorpe, Aboriginal Justice Spokesperson from the Greens.

During this report minutes, we’ll hear again from some of these interviews and seek to put them in some form of perspective and gain a clearer idea as to what impact the election outcome might have on the Treaty Process.