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Date posted: 16 June 2014
A bill to recognise Indigenous people in the West Australian (WA) constitution has been introduced this week by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer.
The bill proposes to acknowledge Indigenous people as the original and traditional custodians of WA, as well as recognising that settlement by European people was done without consultation with Australia's original inhabitants.
The State's Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said the bill was a symbolic act of reconciliation. 'This is an act of genuine reconciliation designed to reflect the historical reality of Western Australia.'
Ms Farrer said the act was needed. 'We need that recognition to move on in life. This is a very symbolic day for us because it recognises the reconciliation that has been talked about for some time.'
Source: ABC Indigenous