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Queensland to hold truth-telling and healing inquiry on path to treaty

Marty Silk reports in the Brisbane Times (16.8.22) on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement of a truth-telling inquiry in Queensland as part of the state’s path to a treaty with its First Nations peoples.

‘Indigenous people will be able to give evidence about injustices committed against them in Queensland as part of the state’s plans to sign a treaty with the state’s First Nations population.

‘Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will announce on Tuesday an Indigenous truth-telling and healing inquiry will be set up in response to the Treaty Advancement Committee’s final report.

‘Palaszczuk says laws will also be passed to set up a First Nations Institute within 18 months to draft a legal framework for treaty negotiations.

‘“What we do next on the Path to Treaty will define our humanity, our sense of fairness and the legacy we leave our children,” Palaszczuk said in a statement.

‘“Treaty is about finding a place where we can face up to our shared history and be truthful about all of it – good and bad – and build a future together where we value, trust and respect each other.”

‘A Path to Treaty Office will be set up within government to prepare for treaty talks once a legal framework has been drafted.’


‘End to ignorance’: Premier vows Treaty with First Nations people

Brad Cooper reports for InQld (15.2.23) on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s commitment to establish a treaty between the state and Queensland’s First Nations people.

‘Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will introduce legislation to Parliament next week that will enshrine a Treaty with Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples “forever”.

‘The roadmap towards a treaty – that comes with no timeline and a budget of $300 million for a ‘Path to Treaty’ fund – was unveiled in front of business and community leaders, with Palaszczuk declaring her government was “serious and we are determined” to deliver on the commitment.

‘At least $10 million of the fund will be spent each year on a First Nations Treaty Institute, still to have its powers, functions and composition outlined.

‘The process will also feature a five-member Truth Telling and Healing Inquiry, which the premier described as resembling a commission of inquiry, but customised to have a culturally appropriate, non-adversarial approach.

‘An interim truth and treaty body would co-design the Path to Treaty legislation and the establishment of a path to treaty office, government treaty readiness committee and ministerial consultative committee to build capacity across government agencies.’

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