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ALS CALLS FOR INDIGENOUS TREATY WITH COMMONWEALTH

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ALS CALLS FOR INDIGENOUS TREATY WITH COMMONWEALTH
March 25, 2012 11:27AM
ALS CALLS FOR INDIGENOUS TREATY WITH COMMONWEALTH
[www.abc.net.au]
Updated March 24, 2012 12:51:33
Perth 6000

The Aboriginal Legal Service in Western Australia says a treaty between the Commonwealth and Indigenous people could help resolve situations like the protest on Heirisson Island in Perth.

Four activists were arrested this week after police descended on the island to close the camp.

The campers were protesting against a South West native title deal struck between the Noongar people and the State Government.

The Chief Executive of the ALS, Dennis Eggington, says it is time for a new approach.

"That's the way other countries have done it and I don't know why Australia procrastinates any longer," Mr Eggington said.

"It just causes these kinds of issues we're dealing with today and it's something that should have been done a long, long time ago."

"It's a matter of governments sitting down in a fair dinkum way and drawing up a treaty or partnership," he said.

Mr Eggington has likened the protest on Heirisson Island to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra and says protesters just want to be heard.

"The reality once again is we're not doing it for people's sympathy, we're doing it because it's our right to," he said.

"Whatever needs to get people to the table to have a fair dinkum treaty or a talk about a partnership then so be it."



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