Pol­lies united on indige­nous rights

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AN IN­TER­NA­TIONAL day ded­i­cated to up­hold­ing the rights of indige­nous peo­ples and end­ing dis­crim­i­na­tion has brought fed­eral politi­cians to­gether.

The In­ter­na­tional Day of the World’s Indige­nous Peo­ple yes­ter­day marked 10 years since indige­nous rights were en­shrined in a United Na­tions dec­la­ra­tion.

“The next step is en­shrin­ing an indige­nous voice in our con­sti­tu­tion,” La­bor leader Bill Shorten said in a state­ment.

Indige­nous Af­fairs Min­is­ter Nigel Scul­lion said it was a day to cel­e­brate “co- de­signed so­lu­tions” to indige­nous is­sues.

“To­day we cel­e­brate the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion of indige­nous peo­ples the world over and in par­tic­u­lar, our First Aus­tralians, who bring the most unique story to our na­tion’s his­tory as the old­est con­tin­u­ing cul­ture on the planet,” Mr Scul­lion said in a Face­book post.

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