Garma Festival, the Top End’s biggest celebration of Aboriginal culture is being held in North East Arnhem Land this weekend.
Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion is attending the Festival and made the keynote speech this morning, also reading a personal message from the Prime Minister.
“There is a new spirit of engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people based on mutual respect and responsibility,” Minister Scullion said.
“Responsibility to each other is built into family relationships, it is part of community life.
“However, responsibility is not just applicable in Indigenous communities, it is applicable everywhere, to everyone in Australia.
“All Australians have an equal responsibility to learn more about Indigenous culture, to say no to racism and to recognise Indigenous Australians in our Constitution”.
Minister Scullion also said that there are three ways we can work together to close the gap.
“I want Aboriginal people know that my Government is getting on with ensuring children attend school, adults have jobs and communities are safer,” Minister Scullion said.
“The Prime Minister attended Garma last year and promised we would do these things and we are.
“As Minister I am now in a position to fix something I have been advocating for, for years.
“I am determined to make it easier for Aboriginal people to use their land for economic means and create futures for themselves.”
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2014-08-02 Garma speech media release.pdf