Aboriginal primacy bill introduced to the New South Wales legislative assembly
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Premier of New South Wales (NSW) introduced a bill earlier today to the state's legislative assembly that will recognise as the first inhabitants of the state.
The bill, which is mostly symbolic, is set to address some "fundamental truths" and is hoped by some to be another step towards ending inequality and disadvantage in the indigenous community.
"People here [Indigenous audience members]...born prior to 1967 were people who fought wars for this nation, who died for this nation, who worked for this country, who died for this country and yet were non-citizens," Keneally stated as the bill was introduced, "This is a significant constitutional step in the right direction, I'm only hopeful it will not be the only step".
|This is a significant constitutional step in the right direction, I'm only hopeful it will not be the only step.|
—Kristina Keneally, New South Wales Premier
Although Opposition Leader of NSWmade statements in support of the bill, he too stressed the importance of improving conditions for the Indigenous people of the state and across the nation.
"There can be no equality of citizenship without equality of opportunity, there can be no equality of opportunity until those of the Aboriginal community have the same life choices and life expectancies as the rest of the community" O'Farrell said.
The bill's introduction took place after a traditionalattended by MPs from both sides of parliament and , the Lieutenant Governor of NSW.
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