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18    Indigenous Australians—Nindji Nindji Aboriginal Arts and Music Festival

Senator Siewert, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 851—That the Senate—

    (a)   notes that:

                  (i)   the Nindji Nindji Aboriginal arts and music festival, the only one of its kind in the Pilbara, has been running in South Hedland since 1996, and

                 (ii)   due to funding cuts by the Federal Government the Nindji Nindji Festival did not occur in 2015;

    (b)   acknowledges that:

                  (i)   remaining connected to culture is essential in ensuring wellbeing and positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, and

                 (ii)   important cultural events like the Nindji Nindji Festival are integral in helping Australia move towards reconciliation; and

     (c)   calls on the Government to reinstate funding to ensure that this important cultural event occurs in 2016.

Statement by leave : The Assistant Minister for Social Services (Senator Fifield), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.