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Treaty Bill in Victoria opens door for possibilities

On Thursday June 7th 2018 The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 was passed in the lower house on the Kulin Nation. The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 is tabled for the Legislative Assembly mid July.Amendment's were negotiated by Gundijtmara Gunai Green's MP Lidia Thorpe and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins and then included in the ACT. Dhaagungwurrung Aboriginal Treaty Working Group Co-Chair Mick Harding says further debate and negotiations can be made on the inclusion of sovereignty and an elected Elders council through decisions made on the Representative Body. He says "There is space for that.""This is just the architecture that sets up the steps forward to Treaty or Treaties"There are aspirations that the Representative Body will include Elders from the community to oversee decisions made from Traditional Owners to negotiate a Treaty or Treaties with the Victorian State Government.  There will also be $700 000 in funding allocated by the Labor state government to support the Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community engagement needed to change the course of history and assist with any challenges and initiatives.Dhaagungwurrung Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group Mick Harding joined NITV Radio to shares his aspirations and thoughts on the passing of The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018.Mick says the door is open to many possibilities and this is only the beginning.[[{"fid":"1651829","view_mode":"body_content","uuid":"2880e788-9ae9-4865-9c37-6641d62296cc","type":"media","attributes":{"height":"525","width":"700","alt":"Taungurung Aborginal Treaty Working Group 2018 Co-chair Michael Harding ","title":"Taungurung Aborginal Treaty Working Group 2018 Co-chair Michael Harding.","class":"media-element file-body-content"}}]] 
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