INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE WORLD’S INDIGENOUS PEOPLE

Senator BARTLETT (Queensland) (10.13 a.m.)—I move:

That the Senate—
(a)
notes that:
(i)
9 August 2007 is International Day of the World’s Indigenous People,
(ii)
it marks a day that we honour and pay respect to Australia’s First Peoples as well as Indigenous peoples across the world for their traditions and knowledge, as well as to the valuable contribution they have made to the cultures of the world and to environmental conservation, and
(iii)
it is appropriate to reflect on the positive advancements that have been made internationally to protect the rights of Indigenous peoples and to guarantee them equal treatment, as well as to provide a reminder of how much more needs to be done; and

calls on the Government to support the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples when it is considered later in 2007.
Question agreed to.

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