Josie Farrer’s historical reconciliation vision becomes a reality

August 19th, 2015 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

WA is a step closer to recognising Aboriginal West Australians in its constitution, after WA Labor’s Bill passed through the Lower House of Parliament.

The Constitution Amendment (Recognition of Aboriginal People) Bill, introduced by Member for Kimberley Josie Farrer, recognises WA’s Aboriginal people in the Constitution as our First People and traditional custodians of the land.

In Parliament this evening, Members of Parliament from across the State and from all political parties spoke in support of the Bill, paving the way for an historic amendment to WA’s Constitution.

Comments from Member for Kimberley Josie Farrer:

“Today we are another step closer to recognising Aboriginal people in our constitution and another step forward in the reconciliation process.

“This is an historic moment for WA’s Aboriginal people. The existing Constitutional references to WA’s Aboriginal people are a product of a bygone era that needed to be addressed.

“This amendment is a symbolic but crucial part of our journey as West Australians.”

Comments from Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Wyatt:

“This is a very important victory for WA’s Aboriginal people. It’s an acknowledgment that Aboriginal people have been in Western Australia for tens of thousands of years and have an extremely strong connection to Country.

“Recognising Aboriginal culture and history is a precursor to any meaningful relationship with WA’s Aboriginal people and this amendment provides that recognition.”

Comments from WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan:

“I congratulate Josie Farrer for turning this vision into a reality and for her unwavering commitment to true and lasting reconciliation.”

Josie Farrer

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