Australia ‘Already has’ a Voice to Parliament with the National Indigenous Australians Agency
Great pick-up by Rowan Dean on Outsiders.
There already is an Aboriginal bureaucracy called the National Indigenous Australians Agency.
If that’s not a voice for Aborigines, then I don’t know what is. This makes you wonder why Albanese is holding a referendum.
It comes with a hefty price tag as well. As per page 121 of the annual report below, $1.891 billion is appropriated by it, including $364 million on wages.
Sky News host Rowan Dean says we don’t need an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, because “we already have one”.
“We already have the Voice, in all but name … it’s called the National Indigenous Australians Agency, or NIAA,” Mr Dean said.
“The NIAA works to ensure indigenous Australians have a say in the decisions that affect them … to have a say means exactly the same as to have a voice.
“This is incredible, we already have a powerful, purposeful indigenous Australian body that has a Voice.”