Michael Mansell calls for indigenous Australians to be represented on national stage

Michael Mansell
Michael Mansell

A Tasmanian Aboriginal activist has called for the establishment of a new group to ensure indigenous Australians are fairly represented on the national stage. 

On Monday, Michael Mansell said a new national representative body, made up of spokespeople from each Australian state and territory and the Torres Strait, could be created following the Garma Festival.

Mr Mansell said there was potential to establish a treaty, a truth and justice commission, and the establishment of a national representative. 

“As an interim measure, they could get Aboriginal representatives from all the states and territories … appointed by the government in consultation with local people,” he said.

“The body would be able to set priorities for the funding of Aboriginal programs and would be able to negotiate with Aboriginal groups.”