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Monday, 25 May 1998
Page: 3529


Mr SPEAKER —On this, the day before National Sorry Day and the beginning of National Reconciliation Week, it is appropriate that as elected members of the House of Representatives we acknowledge that we meet on land of which the people of the Ngunnawal tribe have been custodians for many centuries and on which the members of that tribe performed age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. The House acknowledges their living culture and the unique role that they and other members of the Koori people play in the life of Australia.

As part of the introduction to Reconciliation Week—in response to a request made in this place by the honourable member for Banks (Mr Melham)—members might note that four flags are being flown at the entrance to the House of Representatives chamber. They are ranged in the order they are on the advice of Protocol. It enables the display not only of the national flag but also of the flag of the Aboriginal people and of the Torres Strait Island people.