The Historic Mabo Lecture

13 June 2017

Image from Mabo Native Title

On Tuesday, 6 June 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar delivered a landmark speech at the National Native Title Conference in Townsville, "linking Constitutional reform and a treaty with Australia’s First Peoples to the unfinished business of the 1967 Referendum and the Mabo decision.”

She says that Australia as a nation should not be unsettled by a treaty as treaties are already entrenched in public policy and practice through Indigenous Land Use Agreements (ILUAs) and serves as a requirement to consult indigenous people on the nature and extent of land use agreements.

"I don’t believe that we should underestimate the goodwill of our fellow Australians, nor the resolute determination and patience of our peoples.

"We might be patient, but we also see the urgent need to address the situation facing our peoples today – knowing that we cannot wait another 50 years", she says.

Click here to read the full text of Commissioner Oscar's 2017 Mabo Lecture.

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