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Kimberley cultural festival a great success.

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Senator Chris Evans Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services

2 September 2005

Kimberley Cultural Festival a Great Success

Shadow indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Chris Evans has congratulated the organisers of Majarrka 2005 - a cultural festival held at the Ngumpan Community near Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The three day event was hosted by the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Culture Centre and celebrated the 21st anniversary of the KALCC and the Kimberley Language Resource Centre.

Senator Evans also acknowledged the role of the Kimberley Land Council in helping organise the three day festival.

The very successful event saw people gather from across northern Australia including the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land.

Senator Evans attended the event along with Shadow Regional Development Minister Simon Crean and the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Northern Australia and indigenous Affairs Warren Snowdon.

Senator Evans said the organisers presented him with a message to the Australian Parliament that was read to the festival audience and which he will incorporate into a speech to the Senate during the next sitting period beginning next week.

He said Labor was committed to consulting as widely as possible with Indigenous people about a new national representative organisation to give them a voice in their affairs.

Labor also has an ongoing commitment to Native Title process and Land Rights for Indigenous people.

Senator Evans said Labor, while accepting the need to negotiate about improvements to services, rejects the Howard Government's view that Indigenous people should have to bargain for the basic amenities required to sustain healthy and happy communities.

Senator Chris Evans: 0419 983593. Media Adviser John McNamara: 02 6277 3233, 0418 308 599.