Aboriginal Flag Set To Be Permanently Flown Atop The West Gate Bridge
One of Australia’s national flags
The Aboriginal flag will soon become a permanent fixture atop one of Melbourne’s iconic landmarks on Wurundjeri land.
In a move supported by both major parties, Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed discussions are underway to install the First Nations flag on the West Gate Bridge, according to the Herald Sun.
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“I understand there’s been quite a bit of work done,” the Premier said. “VicRoads and others are well engaged in a process to do exactly that".
“I think that’s something that’s been worked on for a while now, which will be terrific.”
- Premier Andrews
Recognised as the flag of Aboriginal peoples of Australia, opposition leader Matthew Guy said, “It’s one of Australia’s national flags”.
“I always support our national institutions — the Aboriginal flag is one of national institutions — so I support it being flown and I respect it.”
- Matthew Guy
It comes as the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria address the state parliament, ahead of the Treaty Authority bill debate in parliament’s lower house on Wednesday.
The bill allows for the establishment of an authority with the legal powers necessary to negotiate between the government and traditional owners deliberating through treaty negotiations.
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