Labor senator Pat Dodson — who would likely be indigenous affairs minister under a Shorten government — would face pressure to deliver unprecedented reforms for indigenous Australians, including an overhaul of programs, more money for the Closing the Gap targets and the immediate rollout of social housing in remote areas.
Indigenous activist and academic Marcia Langton said there would be “enormous” pressure on Senator Dodson to reform indigenous programs — on top of expectations Labor would deliver a first-term referendum on a “voice to parliament” — given the West Australian senator’s standing among Aboriginal communities as the Father of Reconciliation.
“But I think also people, especially Aboriginal people, realise how difficult this portfolio is and I think he will get a lot of co-operation,’’ Professor Langton said.
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Source: The Australian