Consultation to start on SA Indigenous Voice to Parliament ahead of 2023 launch

South Australian Attorney-General Kyam Maher wants to begin talks on a state version of the First Nations Voice to Parliament ahead of a launch of the body next year. 

It would provide advice to Parliament about decisions affecting the lives of First Nations people. 

Mr Maher — South Australia’s first Aboriginal Attorney General and Aboriginal Affairs Minister — said South Australian Labor made a commitment to adopt the Statement from Uluru after the 2019 federal election.

He said he believed the state should not have to wait for the federal government to act.

“I find that pretty hard to argue against.

“In my experience, the vast majority of South Australians — Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal — would want that to happen so I think that is getting increasing — and significantly increasing — support across the community.”

A man wearing a suit and colourful tie speaks to the media
Kyam Maher is the only Indigenous person elected to parliament in South Australia at a state or federal level.(ABC News: Ethan Rix)

Federal Labor has promised to introduce a similar body but, at the Commonwealth level, a referendum would be required to change the constitution.

Mr Maher said South Australia’s Voice to Parliament could be introduced using legislation.

He told The Australian newspaper that could happen next year.

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