NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley has welcomed Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s proposal for a new national day to honour indigenous Australians, and has committed a future NSW Labor Government to working with the Federal Government to deliver this.

Mr Foley has previously announced his plan to create a public holiday in New South Wales dedicated to honouring the state’s First Peoples. He has proposed that the second Monday in June be the date of this public holiday, replacing the Queen’s Birthday holiday.

Today Mr Foley has said that the exact date of such a holiday is less important than the idea of an indigenous day itself, and that he would happily work with a Liberal or Labor Prime Minister to introduce a public holiday that recognises and celebrates 60,000 years of Indigenous history.

Mr Foley says that both governments will need to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about the most appropriate date for such a holiday.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“Scott Morrison is on the right track when he proposes a new national day that honours the First Australians.

“If Labor is elected to govern NSW, I will work with the Prime Minister - whether they be Liberal or Labor - to deliver this.

“The unfinished business of reconciliation should transcend party politics.

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