Nunggubuya/Wanindilyakwa woman Selena Uibo MLA has been appointed as the Northern Territory’s new Attorney-General and Minister for Justice.
She is the first Indigenous person to hold this position in the Northern Territory, and is believed to be the first Indigenous Attorney-General in Australia.
Ms Uibo, the member for Arnhem, will also be Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Treaty and Local Decision Making, and Minister for Rangers.
In the recent Call to Parties consultation draft for the 2020 Queensland state election, Queensland Law Society advocated for change in advancing Indigenous rights, and Ms Uibo’s appointment is certainly a positive step for Indigenous advocacy in Australia.
The consultation draft seeks urgent changes in the way that government implements policies and laws that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency CEO Prascilla Atkins said the appointment of Ms Uibo was extremely significant for both the state and the nation.
“It’s really recognising the expertise and the experience our Aboriginal politicians have and giving them a profile,” she says. “It really is fantastic for Indigenous people in the NT.”