Page 542 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 16 February 2005

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have got a plan. The Liberal opposition has a plan—a well-documented plan that has been presented to and talked about with Aboriginal elders, Mr Hargreaves. What have you done? Not a lot. We haven’t heard. We have heard a lot of wedge politicking, sliding in there, to divide and conquer but we do not see anything that supports the dignity and decency of the majority of Aboriginal people in this country.

I drove around the tent embassy site and I was absolutely ashamed. I then heard Matilda House talking about it. How shameful is it, as a national capital, that we have that to represent the true, first owners of this land. We all stand up in this place and acknowledge that they were the first people on this land and so on and so forth. That to me is giving cheap lip-service. We need action; we need to see something happen down there. It is about time that the Chief Minister started to work with other people.

I think Ms Gallagher talked today about good cooperation with the Charnwood community. That is fantastic, excellent, Ms Porter.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The time allotted for the debate has expired.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.30 pm.

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