Our electorate has recently undergone a name change, from Batman to Cooper - in recognition of the outstanding work of William Cooper, a stalwart in the fight for rights for First Nations people.
The electorate of Cooper lies on the lands of the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations. Cooper has a long history as a hub for First Nations activism, and I am so lucky to listen to and learn from such an incredible, powerful community.
It is clear to me and to Labor that any policy that affects First Nations People should be informed by First Nations voices. I am lucky enough to be in the party of Senators Pat Dodson and Malarndirri McCarthy and Linda Burney MP who have established a First Nations caucus of which I am a proud member.
Labor is deeply concerned about the punitive Community Development Program and will continue to put pressure on the Government to abolish the discriminatory and demoralising program. We also oppose any mandatory rollout of the cashlesss debit card and won a right for current holders to opt out.
Labor is committed to a referendum to enshrine a First Nations’ Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, in line with the Uluru Statement From the Heart and forging a pathway to truth telling and treaty. You can find Labor's Reconcilitation Action Plan here.