ABC "2020 Indigenous youth delegate calls for national body"

ABC website Sat Apr 19, 2008 11:41am AEST

An Indigenous youth representative at this weekend’s 2020 summit says a new national Aboriginal body should be created to avoid some of the add-hoc policies surrounding the federal intervention.

National Indigenous Youth Movement of Australia deputy chair Tim Goodwin says issues like domestic violence and alcohol abuse in Indigenous communities can only be tackled properly with proper consultation with Aboriginal people.

“You need to build those foundations properly before you can build policies and programs which attack those immediate issues, such as child protection and domestic violence.”

He says a treaty should be signed between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians because the agreement would be good for our the county’s national identity.

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