Our electorate is lucky enough to be undergoing a name change following the next federal election from Batman to Cooper, in recognition of the outstanding work of William Cooper, a stalwart in the fight for rights for First Nations people. Our community 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.
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. I’ll be working closely with them on Constitutional Recognition, Reconciliation and Treaty as well as First Nations representation in our parliament.
Should we be elected to government, Labor will:
- Provide $250,000 to contribute to the first steps toward building a Centre of Excellence for Indigenous Sport, Culture and Wellbeing in Thornbury
- Hold a referendum to enshrine a First Nations’ Voice to Parliament in the Constitution, in line with the Uluru Statement From the Heart and Labor’s Reconciliation Action Plan which you can find here
- Provide compensation to survivors of the Stolen Generations from Commonwealth jurisdictions and create a National Healing Fund for descendants managing intergenerational trauma
- Abolish the discriminatory, demoralising and punitive Community Development Program (CDP)
- Train more Aboriginal apprentices and double the number of Indigenous Rangers.
- Invest in Aboriginal health care providers, the champions who make such a difference to new mothers and their babies.