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Linda Burney flags Makarrata commission for truth and treaty is on the horizon

Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney has given the strongest indication yet that a truth and treaty process is in the works.

Speaking at the Garma Festival in north-east Arnhem Land, Ms Burney said the public should not forget that the Uluṟu Statement from the Heart was not only about a referendum.

“So many parts of this country [are] deciding how they’re going to explore the truth,” she said.

“When we think about the effect that a national truth-telling process would have on Australia, it’s remarkable.

“One of the things that we’re thinking about at the moment is what form that would take.”

“I see this as, you know, a thousand flowers blooming.

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The Uluru statement includes a First Nations’ Voice in the constitution, and Makarrata, referring to the process of conflict resolution, peacemaking and justice.(Getty Images: Trevor Collens)