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Aboriginal Flag at Parliament House
Type of vote: Motion (Final Motion) - final vote
Moved by: Greens
Wednesday, 11 November 2020
A Motion being made and the Question being proposed – That the House:
(1) Notes the theme for NAIDOC Week 2020 is “always ways, always will be.”
(2) Recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years – the oldest continuing culture in the world.
(3) Further recognises that European invasion saw brutally violent and systematic atrocities inflicted on Aboriginal Tasmanians.
(4) Acknowledges these atrocities have been followed by decades of dispossession and oppression – much of it perpetrated or condoned by governments, both State and Federal.
(5) Further acknowledges that, despite this tragic recent history and enduring injustice, the palawa/pakana people and their culture remains strong.
(6) Understands that lutruwita/Tasmania is still, and will always be, Aboriginal land.
(7) Further understands that all people, but particularly elected representatives, have a responsibility to recognise and respect this fact.
(8) Further notes the Tasmanian Parliament does not currently recognise this fact at the most basic level – by flying the Aboriginal flag throughout the year.
(9) Calls for the Aboriginal flag to be flown over Parliament House whenever the Tasmanian State Flag is raised.