In pursuit of a regional, reciprocal responsibility, settlement for Cape York: what is the right package of reforms for Indigenous social, political, economic and cultural development?

Thursday, 18 June 2015
Noel Pearson

Indigenous people want to take charge of our own affairs and lead our own development agendas. In Cape York, we are working towards a comprehensive regional, reciprocal responsibility, settlement to set in place structures for a more equal partnership with government. This requires a package of constitutional, institutional and legislative reforms to give us an authoritative voice in our own affairs. Only we can decide our paths towards social, political, economic and cultural development, such that we can prosper both as self-determining peoples and as equal citizens.