Where do the peoples of the First Nations stand in the election campaign?

Aside from several specific but uninspiring Labor policies, indigenous peoples have largely been sidelined in this election campaign.

The Aboriginal flag seen in Canberra, 2022 (Image: AAP / Lukas Coch)
The Aboriginal flag seen in Canberra, 2022 (Image: AAP / Lukas Coch)

The problem

With the cost of living and a federal integrity commission dominating the leaders’ debate and election campaign, the issues facing the peoples of the First Nations have largely been left out of the picture.

The Greens are leading the way with policies to improve the quality of life of First Nations people, followed by Labor and then Liberals, although Labor leader Anthony Albanese has largely avoided changing these policies in press conferences.

While the Labor website has a page dedicated to its First Nations policiesranging from land conservation to adding a voice to Parliament, the Liberal Party has no new policies and avoids mentioning the Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal peoples in the pages devoted to health care, education and Regional Australia.

Read more about major party policies for First Nations peoples.

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