Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today met with new Tamworth Magistrate Mr Michael Holmes and Aboriginal Elders from the Tamworth community at the Tamworth Courthouse to recognise the significance and importance of the Aboriginal Flag as Reconciliation Week draws to a close.


Mr Anderson was joined today by Elders Mary Trindall, Betty Brown, Yvonne Kent, Trevor French, Tamworth Police Aboriginal Liaison Officer Harry Cutmore, Magistrate Michael Holmes and Genevieve Waters to witness flags being flown for the first time in the Tamworth Local Court.


“This is a significant step forward to recognising and respecting one and all. I firmly believe that mutual respect is essential to a trusting relationship, and I am committed to working in a genuine partnership with all Aboriginal people.


“The theme for this year’s National Reconciliation Week is “Lets walk the talk”.


“There has been talk for many years about options for updating our constitution, and now Australians are being asked to put those words into action.


“This year’s theme aims to encourage everyone to get involved in reconciliation,” Mr Anderson said.


National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May-3 June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey, the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision.


“Reconciliation Week is a time for all Australians to learn about shared histories, Aboriginal cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.


“I would like to thank Mary Trindall, Betty Brown, Yvonne Kent, Trevor French, Harry Cutmore, Magistrate Michael Holmes and Genevieve Waters for the opportunity to meet and discuss the significance of the Aboriginal Flag and its placement in the Tamworth Local Court,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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