LABOR WILL FLY ABORIGINAL FLAG ON SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE PERMANENTLY

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If Labor is elected to government next year, the Aboriginal Flag will permanently fly on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Currently, the Aboriginal flag only flies on top of the Australian icon for 15 days of the year: during NAIDOC Week, Reconciliation Week and on Australia Day.

If elected in 2019, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has vowed to permanently fly the Aboriginal flag alongside the Australian and New South Wales flags on the Bridge.

A young Aboriginal woman, Cheree Toka, has been campaigning for the last twelve months to have the flag raised permanently on the Bridge, and currently has collected 65 000 signatures on a change.org petition.

Labor Leader Luke Foley contacted Ms Toka this week to congratulate her on the campaign and pledge Labor’s support.

After being first flown more than 40 years ago, the flag has become a proud and important symbol for Indigenous Australians.

It is now flown prominently right across Australia at public buildings, schools and at community events and should also have a permanent place on top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Members of the Indigenous Australian community have described being disheartened that the flag only flies on top for the Sydney landmark for 15 days each year.

The vow to fly the Aboriginal flag follows Mr Foley’s commitment last week to establishing a Treaty process, in the event Labor forms a government in 2019, between the government of New South Wales and the State’s Aboriginal peoples.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“A government led by me will do this in order to recognise and celebrate every day the history and culture of the First Australians.

“The Aboriginal Flag is an officially proclaimed Australian flag and it will permanently fly alongside the National Flag and the State Flag at the top of Sydney’s most recognisable landmark.

“We should all be proud of 60 000 years of indigenous history here.

“Flying the Aboriginal Flag on the great arch that defines Sydney around the world is an appropriate expression of that pride.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs David Harris

“It is proper that one of our State's most recognised structures should carry the Aboriginal flag signifying the spirit of reconciliation every day of the year.

“Flying the flag is a sign of respect and can help foster a greater sense of community.”