The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria recently welcomed the opportunity to make a submission to the proposals in the Indigenous Voice Interim Report.
We have been engaged with the Victorian Government in a process towards Treaty since 2016. The Assembly was established in December 2019 with the primary function of negotiating a Treaty process with the State.
Our submission is centred on the position that as Treaty is a more ambitious and effective mechanism for securing First Peoples’ rights, the Indigenous Voice should complement and not interfere with or undermine progress towards Treaty in Victoria. We made submissions on:
- The Assembly’s role in the Local and Regional Voice
- The number and organisation of regions in Victoria
- The Assembly’s role on the National Voice.
Our submission also advocated for a national Treaty, alongside a national truth telling process, as the best way to secure First Peoples’ rights across Australia.