More than 224 years after the arrival of the First Fleet in Sydney Cove to mark the end of Indigenous sovereignty, the Aboriginal flag will have a permanent place of honor at the top of Harbor Bridge.
The iconic flag of the world’s oldest continuous culture will be raised “as soon as possible,” New South Wales Prime Minister Dominique Perotete told reporters in Sydney on Saturday.
“I’ll go in there and deliver myself if needed.”
The prime minister said the first advice he received about the reconciliation gesture was that it would take two years to do so, which he said was excessive given that the bridge itself had been built. for nine years.
He said the initiative is part of a new holistic government approach to recognizing Australia’s Indigenous people in New Wales, which will include rehabilitating Sydney Island’s Casino Island and returning it to Aboriginal ownership.
“Some of the changes we are considering today allow all ministers to accept this responsibility. There are many issues going on in different departments, ”Mr Perrote promised.
“Symbolic, practical reconciliation”
“If we all work together and have the key focus, I want all our ministers to be aboriginal ministers in their own right.
“We cannot be truly proud of our country if we do not work together to achieve true reconciliation,” Mr Perrote said.
“It’s a combination of both symbolic reconciliation and practical reconciliation.”
The Prime Minister said that it was important to create a deeper understanding of the culture of the indigenous population, which, in his words, was lacking and thus is “order”.
NSW Labor welcomed the decision to hoist a flag on the iconic Hanger, but said the action would ultimately speak louder than words.
“I hope that the new prime minister is really fulfilling his obligations, and we not only see more banality and empty promises,” said Aboriginal spokesman David Harris in a statement.
He said the opposition is also calling for the return of Goat Island to its rightful owners since 2015.
– with AAP