New council to give Aboriginal Victorians more power in government decisions

Article By Gregory Phillips
Posted on: September 15, 2017
Article By Gregory Phillips

The council will drive Aboriginal policy in Victoria, which community leaders said flipped the usual top-down bureaucratic model where policies that affect Aborigines are largely decided by non-Aborigines.

It will influence government decision-making on issues such as education, health care and housing and help to develop a plan to support Aboriginal self-determination.

Esme Bamblett​, chief executive of the Aborigines Advancement League, said the new council would give Victorian Aborigines a bigger say in policies that affect them.

“The executive council will enable what we are saying to be heard and put into practice,” Dr Bamblett said.

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