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INDIGENOUS PEOPLES—HUMAN RIGHTS

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 703—That the Senate—

 (a) notes the 170th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the Crown and Maori leaders in New Zealand;

 (b) congratulates the first peoples of Aotearoa on the progress they have made in the recognition of their human rights and in closing the gap on health disadvantage;

 (c) recalls that directions from the Crown to negotiate a similar treaty with Australia's first peoples were never enacted by our colonial governors; and

 (d) calls on the Australian Government to recognise the human rights of Indigenous Australians, to test via a referendum the inclusion of recognition of former occupation and sovereignty in the Australian Constitution, and to commence formally negotiating a treaty once a national representative body is elected.

Question put and negatived.