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The ALP laid out an extensive First Nations policy platform during the 2022 election campaign. The majority of items in this platform are budget commitments (which will usually not require legislation, except for a Budget appropriations bill), executive actions (such as establishing an Ambassador for First Nations, or negotiating new National Partnership Agreements) and commitments to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, including a constitutional Voice to Parliament. Constitutional change requires a Bill to be passed by Parliament, but as a referendum must be held within six months of a constitutional amendment bill passing, it is likely this would not occur without extensive preparation for a referendum first taking place.
This paper considers what might also appear in the new government’s legislative and ministerial Indigenous Australians agenda, by listing what is already ‘on the table’. This includes:
A short overview, including relevant sources, is given for each potential measure.
This list is not exhaustive, and does not imply any commitment by the incoming government, or knowledge of their policy intentions by the author, other than those measures listed in the ALP’s election policy platform. It does reflect measures about which significant policy work already exists, which may therefore be adopted relatively quickly by an incoming government, or advanced by members of the 47th Parliament.