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Time To Really Listen to Aboriginal Land Managers

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Sunday, 26 January 2020

Tags: Invasion Day, Climate Change, Bushfires, Tasmanian Aboriginals

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader

In an age of climate and biodiversity emergency, as fires still burn here and on the mainland, it’s critical we draw on Aboriginal knowledge of burning practices to better manage bushfire risk. 

With experts telling us the window for safe fuel reduction burning is narrowing due to climate change, it’s time for government and policy makers to engage more deeply with Aboriginal people about traditional burning methods.  

Empowering Lutruwita/Tasmania’s original owners, and incorporating their ancient knowledge of fire as a management tool into practice, must be part of future adaptation planning. 

True reconciliation is demonstrated by listening to the voices of Aboriginal people, and by acting on what we hear. 

This island was expertly stewarded by Tasmanian Aborigines for thousands of generations before the violent settlement of Europeans. Their deep connection to Country, their rich culture and wisdom lives on today and should guide us all in the future. 

On this Invasion Day, The Greens are proud to stand with the palawa/pakana people.  

Along with an ever growing number of Australians, we agree it’s well past time to start really listening to Aboriginal people, and to change the date.