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DISCUSSION OF MATTER OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE—INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS—GOVERNMENT POLICIES

The Deputy President (Senator Parry) informed the Senate that Senator Siewert had proposed that the following matter of public importance be submitted to the Senate for discussion:

 Inadequacy of the Government's policies, such as stronger futures in the Northern Territory and support for homelands, to address disadvantage and improve outcomes for Aboriginal people.

The proposal was supported by four senators and the matter was discussed.