It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Australia in 2021 is a Dickensian periodical morphing into a ‘choose your own adventure’ where the state of things is entirely open to your worldview.
Focus has rightly been on the very serious issues of sexual violence that have been raised regarding the Federal Parliament and historically with the Attorney-General, Christian Porter.
However, there is already a risk that the profound importance of what has been announced in Victoria this week by the First Peoples Assembly and the State government – the Yoo-rrook Justice Commission – which will be the most comprehensive Truth Telling process in Australia since colonisation began in 1788, might be missed.
A number of Australian states and territories have embarked on a process of making formal agreements or treaties with First Nations Peoples.
Paul Wright and Katrina Hall
Unfinished Business: Reaching for a Treaty – Legal and Constitutional Perspectives. Talk given at the ESORA Treaty! Let’s Get It Right! Forum, 2001.
A treaty between our nations? Introduction to the Inaugural Professorial Lecture – Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne – 11 July, 2000.