LABOR WILL CREATE INDIGENOUS PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN JUNE

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A Foley Labor Government will replace the Queen’s Birthday public holiday with one dedicated to Indigenous culture and history.

Labor Leader Luke Foley is vowing to make the second Monday in June a public holiday dedicated to honouring the First Peoples of the State, describing the move as another step in the process of reconciliation.

It is Mr Foley’s plan that NSW will have a public holiday to recognise and celebrate 60,000 years of Indigenous history.

On that day, and every other day of the year, the Aboriginal Flag will fly on the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge, as a symbol of respect and pride for the First Peoples.

An incoming Labor Government will consult with the community about the timing of the change. One option is to wait until Queen Elizabeth’s reign ends before formalising the new public holiday.

If elected in March next year, Mr Foley has also committed to negotiating a Treaty between the government of NSW and the State’s Aboriginal peoples.

Just last week, the Victorian lower house voted in favour of negotiating Australia's first Aboriginal Treaty. Treaties have already been reached in Canada and New Zealand. 

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“We must acknowledge the special place the First Peoples occupy in the story of our state and nation.

“NSW should have a public holiday which recognises and celebrates 60,000 years of indigenous history here.

“The second Tuesday of June isn’t Her Majesty’s real birthday – the day would be better used as one to acknowledge the First Peoples.

“On that day our Aboriginal flag will fly high above our Harbour Bridge.  As it will every day.

“A Government led by me will also establish a Treaty process in NSW to provide a truthful and honourable basis for our reconciliation with the State’s First Peoples.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs David Harris

“It’s important for us to build on the existing relationship with the NSW Aboriginal community to empower them to achieve lasting generational change.

“Creating an Indigenous public holiday in NSW, is a small step we can take to acknowledge the past but more importantly create a meaningful way forward.”