/ 20 October 2023

No treaty for Queensland


The Sunshine State’s plans to progress a treaty with First Nations people are in doubt after the opposition Liberal/National Party (LNP) said the weekend’s referendum result has made them put their support in reverse. Queensland returned the highest ‘No’ vote on Saturday, with 69% of voters rejecting the proposal to enshrine an Indigenous Voice in the Constitution. LNP leader David Crisafulli says “it has now become clear a path to Treaty is not the right way forward for Queensland” – and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk responded by saying that means the process is effectively stalled because it needs “bipartisan support”. The fallout from the referendum is also playing out in other states – with some questions around South Australia’s Voice, and NSW Premier Chris Minns says there are “no easy answers” in the wake of the result.

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