Australia Day comes with a “truth-telling”

Minister for Seniors and Disability Services and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships The Honourable Craig Crawford

Statement on Australia Day

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Minister Craig Crawford

Each year, 26 January holds different meaning for every Queenslander.

Australia Day also highlights the need for a reframed relationship with First Nations people in Queensland.

This is the year Queensland’s Path to Treaty process really gains momentum.

We will come together this year through truth-telling to reflect on our highs and lows, resolve historical tensions, and celebrate our state, its people, and our shared future.

Truth-telling and an openness to listen is important on Queensland’s Path to Treaty and ultimately, towards reconciliation.

Queensland is home to the nation’s second largest population of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people, the world’s oldest continuous living culture.

Our state is enriched by the cultures, knowledge and contributions of First Nations people—who have occupied and cared for this continent for more than 65,000 years.

We acknowledge the lived experiences, centuries of resilience, and ongoing contributions of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.

We respect the rights of people to express their views about important milestones and calendar dates for the nation, including Australia Day. We also respect the right for lawful and peaceful protest.

And we ask all Australians use the day to reflect, respect and honour the true history of this country.

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