Australia’s Victoria State to Introduce Process to Address Aboriginal Injustice

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Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Gabrielle Williams: "We owe it to Aboriginal Victorians to be frank and honest about the injustices they have faced – and continue to face."
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The Australian state of Victoria is setting up a process to redress the wrongs done to Australia's Aborigines.

In an Australian-first, the Victorian Government will formally establish a truth-telling process to recognize and address historic wrongs and ongoing injustices against Indigenous Australians.

The democratically-elected First People's Assembly of Victoria will develop the terms of reference and how the body will work.

The process will aim to uncover historic injustices and ongoing wrongs while ensuring Aboriginal voices are heard and respected.

When established, the body will be the first of its kind in Australia.

"Establishing this process brings us one step closer to genuine reconciliation," Victorian Aboriginal Affairs Minister Gabrielle Williams said.

"We owe it to Aboriginal Victorians to be frank and honest about the injustices they have faced – and continue to face."

Marcus Stewart, co-chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria, described the commitment to set up the truth-telling process as a "momentous decision".

"This is an historic moment in time. For the first time we're seeing a commitment to a truth-telling process in this country or state,” Mr Stewart said.

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