New Victorian council aims to give Aboriginal people more power in government decisions

A new Victorian council has been created to give Aboriginal people influence over decisions relating to issues such as health care, housing, education, and steps towards Aboriginal self-determination.

Esme Bamblett, who is the chief executive of the Aborigines Advancement League, hopes the council will ensure money spent on Aboriginal programs is more effective. Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins said that this step will give Victorian Aboriginal people more decision-making power, going on to say that the government is also committed to a treaty with Victorian Aboriginals.