Leaders welcome ‘historic’ change to State’s constitution

Sam Mourish, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, Sealin and Marilyn Garlett and Stephen Loo. Picture: Jon Hewson        d442679
Sam Mourish, Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, Sealin and Marilyn Garlett and Stephen Loo. Picture: Jon Hewson        d442679

ABORIGINAL West Australians will be formally recognised as the traditional owners of the land under amendments to the State’s constitution.

The Recognition of Aboriginal People Bill, which was introduced by Kimberley MLA Josie Farrer, also removes discriminatory references in other sections of the constitution.

The Bill passed through WA Parliament before being sent to the Governor for royal assent.

“This is an historic time for WA’s Aboriginal people,” Ms Farrer said.

“This is a symbolic but crucial part of our journey as West Australians.”

Cockburn’s Aboriginal Reference Group chairman Stephen Loo said the Bill was a big step forward for Aboriginal people.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the standing ovation Ms Farrer received in Parliament reflected the Bill’s importance to Aboriginal people and the wider community.