Aboriginal Flag flying forever at Parliament
The Australian Aboriginal Flag is flying permanently from the top of Victoria’s Parliament House.
Aboriginal elders, members of parliament, representatives of the diplomatic corps and Victorians from all walks of life attended a flag raising ceremony at the front steps of Parliament House.
Aunty Carolyn Briggs of the Boon Wurrung opened proceedings with a Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony.
Speeches recognising the significance of the event were delivered by Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Telmo Languiller, President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson, Premier Daniel Andrews and Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy.
The Australian Aboriginal Flag was then raised onto one of the three flagpoles on Parliament House to fly forever alongside the Victorian and Australian Flags.
Welcome to Country by Aunty Carolyn Briggs of the Boon Wurrung
Smoking ceremony before the flag was raised
Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Telmo Languiller paid tribute to the designer of the Australian Aboriginal Flag, Harold Thomas
President of the Legislative Council Bruce Atkinson said this was an important step for a multicultural state like Victoria
Premier Daniel Andrews recognised the importance of the flag raising for all Victorians
Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy spoke about the symbolic significance of the flag's colours
The Australian Aboriginal Flag rises to the top of Parliament House
Pride of place at Parliament House for the Australian Aboriginal Flag
- Published: Tuesday, 15 September 2015 12:29