Tuesday, 05 January 2016

Parliamentary sittings to Acknowledge Country

For the first time, both houses of the Victorian Parliament will now undertake an Acknowledgement of Country at the beginning of each sitting week.

The motion passed in the Legislative Assembly in December 2015.

An Acknowledgement of Country recognises Victoria’s Traditional Owners and Aboriginal people’s deep and continuous connection to the land. It is a way that all people can show awareness and respect for Aboriginal culture and heritage.

The Acknowledgement of Country motion follows a previous motion to permanently fly the Aboriginal flag alongside the Australian and Victorian State flag, which was passed in the Legislative Assembly in September 2015.

The Commission welcomes these motions from the Victorian Parliament as a commitment to developing a genuine partnership with Aboriginal Victorians in protecting and preserving their rich history.

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