Sections of the party want detainees resettle in Australia or allowed to move to New Zealand, a flashpoint with the Coalition who maintains any transfers could restart the trade of people smugglers. She said people now detained on Manus Island and Nauru must be permanently resettled “as a priority” but her speech did not specify whether that resettlement should be in Australia or in a third country. Government has a role to serve and to lead. Many of you were here. Coral’s daughter, Barbara, is my oldest friend on earth, 51 years! In the transcript distributed by Labor on Wednesday night, Burney was quoted as saying “I’m not responsible for the area, but I do believe that they shouldn’t be held indefinitely, and logically that means there’d be a time line”. Last modified on Wed 23 May 2018 22.08 EDT. The looming Victorian push follows a decision by the new Labor MP Ged Kearney to use her first speech to parliament to promise to campaign internally for a more humane policy on refugees. Still wearing the scars of forced removal on their faces. The challenge of domestic violence in our communities is a national crisis – strong rhetoric must be matched with strong action and leadership. Thanks to voters in Barton I hope that there are young people who sit in classrooms, (like Chloe Noak from my home town, Leeton here today) whose imaginations aren’t so limited. The Labor frontbencher Linda Burney has admitted her office made “a mistake” incorrectly transcribing an interview, omitting her call for a “time limit” on how long people were held in offshore immigration detention. I didn’t meet my Wiradjuri father until I was in 28 – his first words to me were “I hope I don’t disappoint you.”. The secretary of Victoria’s Health and Human Services department, Kym Peake has been replaced; Health Minister Greg Hunt says there will be several coronavirus vaccines available next year; Follow live updates here. I’m not sure what Sir Edmund would think of this ethnic wonderland being represented in this place by, of all people, me and a Koori woman to boot! I spoke to her on the weekend. The stood up for Nangar and John and eventually they stayed. As a school teacher, as member of the NSW Anti-Discrimination board; as a Director General; a representative of first Peoples to the UN; Local member and as a Minister responsible for at risk children – I’ve seen why government intervention is necessary. Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon, set to be debated at the Victorian Labor conference on the weekend. On issues of political debate and policy the message from those in our electorate and outside it has been clear. Reducing the rate of juvenile incarceration must be a priority – because we cannot be satisfied that this is a fair country while so many of our young people are locked up – most of them Indigenous. Breakaway Labor MP Joel Fitzgibbon is demanding Anthony Albanese shift Mark Butler out of the climate change and energy portfolio. I am giving my first speech and I am deeply moved. For the benefit of those in this house and in the other place who doubt it, I want to place here on the record; Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the incident showed Labor was at war with itself over refugee and asylum seeker policies. I mention respectfully the traditional owners of the seat of Barton – three clans of the Eora, the Bidjigal, the Gweagal and the Badigal – custodians of the land from the Cooks River, to the shores of Briton le Sands and out to the Georges River. Because people in our community know that the invisible hand of the market cares little for the needs of the most disadvantaged. This is history. Despite being more than 50 years prior, I was born at a time when a white woman having an Aboriginal baby was shocking and doubly so if that woman was not married. That day the truth was told in this place, and the power of generosity was writ large. We are a stronger community because of this diversity; It is strong country. I have wondered often had they not stepped up to raise me where my life would be now. The chair at that time was now Senator Patrick Dodson and I was an executive member. Linda Burney made history when she became the first Aboriginal woman to enter the House of Representatives in 2016, but behind the confident Wiradjuri woman is … So Mr Speaker, why Labor? Picture: Gary Ramage Source:News Corp Australia All rights reserved. For my money the only division that counts for anything in our electorate is the one between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the St George Dragons. https://t.co/y92BAhG06E. That creek is now known as Poison Waterhole Creek and their sheltering place as Murdering Island. At an impromptu doorstop on Thursday, Burney said it was “a genuine mistake by a person in my office and I think we have been very clear about that”. The Best Snapchat Games To Play Right Now, Disable UPnP On Your Wireless Router Already, This Android Wallpaper Can Brick Your Phone, Give us your thoughts on these small business practices to win a $250 Westfield gift card, How a designer who upholsters furniture by hand managed to grow her business in a pandemic, Inside the 22-week boot camp new US Army recruits have to go through, Doing these 24 uncomfortable things will pay off forever, Yes, Apple just killed iTunes — here's what that means for your library of music, movies, and TV shows. It is still unclear what specific motions will be brought to the July national conference because the process of selecting delegates is not yet complete. The Aboriginal part of my story is important, it is core to who I am. In 1842, during the second Wiradjuri wars, on horror saw all but one young boy slaughtered when settlers opened fire on a group taking shelter on an island amongst the reeds in the a creek off the Murrumbidgee river. If there is a god of demography it is one of his great ironies that the seat named for the architect of the White Australia Policy has become amongst the most multicultural in the country. And this is not a clarification, not an improvement on grammar. Last month Linda Burney made political history once again, becoming the first Aboriginal women elected to the Australian parliament. One of the bravest statements I have ever heard was in the opening ceremony of the 1997 Reconciliation Convention in Melbourne. No other office had any role – it was solely my office’s responsibility for transcribing the interview and checking its accuracy.”, Issued transcript: 1034 words. In truth I come to this place not only through my own labour (although I like to think I’ve put in a fair bit of that). But that it has not always been so. There is no justification for the incarceration of a 10-year-old, not when we know that getting kids to school and intervening early works so effective. And we should take seriously our custodianship of the land – we cannot leave this task to our children. I pay respect to the ancient Ngunawhal and Ngambri. We cannot sit on our hands in places like these this hoping for it to be so. Members, in this term of parliament I want to stand in this place knowing that the document on which it is founded finally tells the truth. There are many stories from election day but let me share one. I spoke earlier of truth telling – perhaps another great act of honesty and healing would be a permanent remembering of those frontier wars just down the road at our national war memorial. It is a fabrication, pure and simple.”. Fundamentally reconciliation is about 3 things; Reciprocity, restitution and truth telling. Here's what it was like. The devastating effects still felt today. I was in that gallery just up there. If this is true, it was only possible thanks to the role models who guided me. "This was an error in my office and was unintentional," she said. The deadly art of poisoning flour and watering holes began with the Wiradjuri and massacre sites are dotted all over Wiradjuri lands, their scars still evident. The home affairs minister said that Labor’s policy had “completely unravelled”. I was so shocked I just could not respond. Landcare groups like the Mudcrabs in Barton know this all to well. I think there needs to be a time limit. Around the perimeter of this chamber sat some of those Aboriginal children, now old people. My partner in life, the late Rick Farley I don’t know what you would think of me sitting in this place but I do know that our country is poorer for having lost you. Barton is the endless generosity of Khalil and his family at Ibrahim’s Pastry in Rockdale; They had decided that they wanted to attend the opening of the Provisional Parliament House. "I think that we are saying most clearly that there shouldn't be indefinite detention," Ms Burney said in the interview with host David Speers. We are better for our differences, and; Recognition of the First People in our nation’s constitution is the next step in the path we are walking towards a country that can look itself in the eye, knowing that we have come of age. Being in this chamber today feels a long way from that time. Updated May 24, 2018 – 5.19pm, first published at 11.07am. In a statement distributed on Thursday, Ms Burney said she had made the comments during a broadcast interview.
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