Give incarcerated people the vote, say the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria
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The First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria is adamant that everyone, even those currently in prison, should be able to vote in its elections.
Earlier this month, as the toxic national debate on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament raged on, Bangerang and Wiradjuri woman Aunty Geraldine Atkinson cast her vote on the opening day of voting for the second iteration of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria.
The inaugural co-chair of the Assembly spoke of her pride in being involved in a democratic process that allowed the original peoples of Victoria to have a say on policies that directly impacted them.
“Aboriginal people are the experts on our own lives. We know what we need to create a better future for our people,” Aunty Geraldine said.
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Dechlan Brennan is a Melbourne-based writer who focuses on restorative justice.
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