Prime Minister Tony Abbott is facing criticism following his decision to reject plans for Indigenous led talks on constitutional recognition. Mr Abbott said he is in favour of building a national consensus rather than simply an Indigenous one, to avoid producing a ‘log of claims’. I spoke to Rachel Siewart, the Greens senator for Western Australia, and spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, about this.
In his Australia Day Speech, the head of the prime minister’s Indigenous Advisory Council, Warren Mundine, spoke about alternatives to Native Title. spoke with the founder of the First Nations Political party, Maurie Japarta Ryan, who opposes Mr Mundine’s suggestions. As a First Nations person, Maurie contests both Mr Mundine’s phrasing and proposal. Continue reading Responses to Indigenous Advisory Council’s Native Title Suggestion