Aboriginal Constitutional Recognition

The Hon. A.L. McLACHLAN ( 14:56 ): Minister, will the treaties require legislative underpinning?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Employment, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Science and Information Economy) ( 14:56 ): I thank the honourable member for his question. Certainly, that is something that is being looked at now, in terms of how treaties are working in different jurisdictions around the world, most notably the ones most comparable to us, being New Zealand, Canada and the US in terms of treaties with first nations people. And there are different ways that different countries have done this.

Obviously, it is a different model we are looking at in Australia. We are a couple of hundred years too late compared to most of the other countries that we compare ourselves with, but certainly various countries do it in different ways. That will be something that’s looked at, as to what is most appropriate for South Australia.

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