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INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS—MR NEVILLE BONNER, AO

Senator Siewert, also on behalf of Senators Moore, Rhiannon, Waters, Scullion, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (Senator Abetz) and Senator Macdonald, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 519—That the Senate—

 (a) notes that:

  (i) 2011 is the 40th anniversary of the appointment of Australia's first Aboriginal senator, Mr Neville Bonner, AO, who served as a senator for the state of Queensland from 1971 to 1983, and


  (ii) it is also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of South Tweed Heads reserve, which is both the site of Senator Bonner's birth and a sacred site to the Minjungbal people; and

 (b) acknowledges:

  (i) the vital role of Senator Bonner, as the first Aboriginal member of Federal Parliament, in providing a voice to Aboriginal people and bridging the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians, and

  (ii) the important work of Ms Margaret Kay, who in 1961 led the efforts to preserve the historic site of South Tweed Heads at a time when the conservation of places of Aboriginal cultural heritage was rare.

Question put and passed.