Brisbane Times(...) Victoria could become the first Australian state to sign a treaty, or treaties, with its Aboriginal residents, and nationally many eyes are on the process.
There are hopes it could complement - or offer a potent alternative to - stalled attempts to recognise Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart - the substance of which was swiftly rejected by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull - demanded a commission to supervise a process of “agreement-making” between governments, widely understood as a reference to treaties.
Put simply, a treaty is a formal agreement between Indigenous peoples and those who have colonised their land. It’s not a new concept; since colonisation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have asserted their sovereignty and demanded self-determination. And they’ve been promised action before.