Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the First Peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the First Peoples, but today they are less than 3% of the Australian population. In Australia’s system of democracy, that can make it hard to have their voice heard in elections for the Parliament. It can also make it hard to influence laws that are made about them in the Parliament.

It is vital that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a real say in the laws, policies and programs that a affect their rights. Some people think that Australia should set up a new group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who can give advice to the Parliament about Indigenous issues.

The Constitution could be changed to set up this new group. The group would make sure that the Parliament hears Indigenous voices when the Parliament makes new laws about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This could help the Parliament to make better and more effective laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.