Between April and July 2017, the Commissioner consulted with members of Aboriginal communities to identify the “views and aspirations” of Aboriginal people in South Australia for a contract[fn. 42] met more than 600 people in person and received more than 280 written entries and responses to online surveys. [Note 43] In July 2017, the Commissioner sent the report resulting from these consultations, the Talking Treaty, to the South Australian government. This report summarized the views expressed by Aboriginal people during the consultation process and recommended a framework for formal negotiations. During the discussions, a number of themes were highlighted: the possible process of the treaty; Historic and existing agreements and policies; Truth and reparation; Social issues Economic empowerment Autonomy and decision-making and representation. [Note 44] The final report confirmed that some Aboriginal communities still needed to be consulted and that some groups had set up separate internal working groups. While the final report provides information on general methods of communication for the participation of target groups in the consultation process, including key Aboriginal bodies, it did not provide further information on the “targeted Aboriginal interest groups” that were contacted, how these stakeholders were selected, the methods used to ensure that all Aboriginal communities are informed and able to participate. or which communities were unable or unwilling to participate. [Note 45] Despite this, the process was open and all members of the Aboriginal community could participate if they had chosen to do so. Elston, R.
(2018) `Historic Buthera agreement first step towards Indigenous treaty in South Australia`, SBS News, 28 February 1977, the National Aboriginal Conference (NAC) was established by the Federal Fraser Government to facilitate the expression of indigenous Australian voices. First composed of 35 representatives and then 36 elected representatives, it was largely consultative for the Commonwealth government. [Note 4] The second national conference adopted a resolution calling for the negotiation of a commitment agreement between the Commonwealth government and The Aboriginal States.