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The meaning of treaty, rejection of unity, and a two-state system

6 June 2023

4:00 AM

6 June 2023

4:00 AM

Victoria, Queensland, and South Australia are in the midst of signing treaties with Aboriginal bodies and the other states of Australia are likely to follow very soon. If the Voice to Parliament ‘Yes’ vote is successful, then no doubt thereafter the federal government will be pressured into such a treaty.

The major issue therefore is, what is a treaty?

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade defines a treaty as: ‘…an international agreement concluded in written form between two or more states (or international organisations) and is governed by international law.

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