Media Statement: 15 May 2023

Senator Nampijinpa Price responds to Queensland's Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians, and Senator for the Northern Territory said she was deeply concerned by the comments made in The Australian today by Queensland's Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

“If Mr. Crawford’s comments on New Zealand’s process are any indication, this will be a multi-billion-dollar cost to the Queensland taxpayer at a time when Australians of all backgrounds are struggling with Labor’s cost of living crisis,” said Senator Nampijinpa Price.

“Treaties involve both sides putting something on the table, but with no guarantee of improving the on-the-ground conditions of marginalised Indigenous people, what can Australians hope to gain from this?

“This is yet another example of Labor governments across the country using Voice and Treaty proposals to hide the fact that they have no plan to address the real issues in remote communities.

“Rather than getting stuck in and doing the work to improve the lives of those most in need, Australia’s Labor governments seem obsessed with paying reparations and clearing their social conscience.”