'"Treaty” was composed by Yothu Yindi in collaboration with Paul Kelly and Midnight Oil to protest against the failure of the Australian Government to honour the Prime Minister's promise to Indigenous Australians.
'Dr M Yunupingu's comments about this song:
'"This song was written after Bob Hawke, in his famous response to the Barunga Statement (1988), said there would be a Treaty between Indigenous Australians and the Australian Government by 1990. The intention of this song was to raise public awareness about this so that the government would be encouraged hold to his promise. The song became a number-one hit, the first ever to be sung in a Yolu language, and caught the public's imagination. Though it borrows from rock 'n' roll, the whole structure of “Treaty” is driven by the beat of the djatpangarri that I've incorporated in it. It was an old recording of this historic djatpangarri that triggered the song's composition. The man who originally created it was my gurru (maternal great-grandmother's husband) and he passed away a long time ago in 1978. He was a real master of the djatpangarri style."' [source: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/06/03/read-lyrics-yothu-yindi-song-treaty ]
'Early in the night at the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras party, DJ Gemma dropped the Yothu Yindi classic 'Treaty'. All around me the mostly non-Indigenous crowd responded to the driving beats, the unmistakeable sound of the yidaki, and the call of the late M. Yunipingu's distinctive voice.' (Introduction)
'The Yothu Yindi Treaty project marks the 25th anniversary of the ARIA winning Treaty (Filthy Lucre Remix.) There's also seven fresh remixes, including a hip hop version featuring rising Yolngu star Baker Boy and Dhapanbal Yunupingu, the daughter of the late Dr M Yunupingu, and a techno house version, to be released in the new year.'
'No doubt about it, more than 25 years on and Yothu Yindi's protest anthem Treaty is every bit as current as the day it was written, and as popular with audiences as when it burst onto the charts in 1991.'