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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.’

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