Marshall speaks out about indigenous Constitutional recognition

Inverell Aboriginal poet Esther Gardiner with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall at the Tingha NAIDOC celebrations.

Inverell Aboriginal poet Esther Gardiner with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall at the Tingha NAIDOC celebrations.

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall felt NAIDOC Week 2015 fell at an auspicious time.

“NAIDOC Week this year takes on some extra significance because of the important discussion that’s happening at a commonwealth level about recognising Aboriginal people in the Constitution,” he said.

“And I mean, it’s about time.”

The MP participated in the Tingha NAIDOC march and afterwards joined a throng of locals for the morning tea at the Tingha Sports and Rec grounds.

Mr Marshall believed a growing number of young indigenous people were proud to identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, and the atmosphere was ripe for change.

“Before I think Australia can truly consider itself a mature country, we have to be at peace with our history, and our history, Is that they’re traditional owners of this country, Aboriginal people, that were here first, and our founding document should quite rightly recognise that, and at the moment it doesn’t,” he said.

“And I think that is a great omission from the founding document that we need to repair.”

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