SA urged to restart treaty process

The South Australian opposition has urged the state government to restart the treaty process with indigenous communities.

The South Australian government should restart the treaty process with Aboriginal communities in line with calls from the federal government, the state opposition says.

In a speech to the National Press Club on Wednesday, Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt said the states and territories must take the lead on achieving treaty with indigenous groups.

He also called for indigenous people to be better included in policy-making and evaluation.

In SA, the previous SA Labor government began treaty discussions in 2016 but the process was halted by the incoming Liberal government last year.

At the time Premier Steven Marshall said his administration would instead develop a state-wide plan with a series defined outcomes for Aboriginal people across areas including education, child protection, health and jobs.

But opposition legal affairs spokesman Kyam Maher said in light of Mr Wyatt's comments the SA premier must restart the treaty process.

Mr Maher said Mr Wyatt had highlighted the critical importance of Mr Marshall coming to the table and playing a role in making treaties a reality in South Australia.

Last week Labor also announced a policy to establish a state-based voice to parliament.

"South Australian Labor calls on the premier to follow the lead of the Labor opposition and listen to federal minister Ken Wyatt to restart the treaty process and commit to an Aboriginal voice to the SA parliament," Mr Maher said.

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