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Tasmania Needs Reconciliation Day

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 25 August 2016

Tags: Aboriginal Tasmanians, Reconciliation, Australia Day, Invasion Day

That the House:—

(1) Congratulates the ACT Government on its decision to hold Australia's first public holiday that recognises the Nation’s First People.

(2) Notes that Reconciliation Day will be trialled in 2017, and will then replace either the Queen’s Birthday or Family and Community Day from 2018.

(3) Acknowledges the comments of ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Minister, who said it will "...serve as a yearly reminder of the commitment our community makes to building a better relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous Australians".

(4) Recognises that the 26th of January is a deeply distressing day for many Aboriginal Tasmanians.

(5) Understands that many Tasmanians want to recognise our First People, as evidenced by the 25,000 people who marched over the Tasman Bridge in 2000 in the name of reconciliation.

(6) Calls on the Premier and Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Hon Will Hodgman MP, to consult with the Tasmanian Aboriginal people and consider declaring a Reconciliation Day in Tasmania.