Like her totem, Linda has a message: ‘Let’s make history together’. BUTLER: Yes, the way the inquiry is being established does deal with that particular site, but we think it's important to take a broader approach to look at cultural heritage preservation more generally. And it is something that has very much captured the hearts and minds of Australians. Terri will have responsibility for the carriage of that. The most senior type of committee. Are you disappointed this blast went ahead?BURNEY: I think it's reprehensible the blast went ahead. Linda Burney, Labor's Indigenous Australians spokeswoman, said the accusations were "baffling" and the police should not be considering a person's Aboriginal heritage. In 2019, the Federal government recognised the deep cultural significance of the Butterfly Cave for Awabakal women. Rio Tinto, I note, has had a long relationship with the local community, with the traditional owners and they knew that those sites were there, and took the decision that the ore was more important than want are incredibly important sites. So she said yes, and that is something she is encouraging all women to do — put themselves first and say yes to new opportunities, whatever these might be. We think it's important to work with the Government to assess the effectiveness of cultural heritage in jurisdictions including in Western Australia, of course, but we also think it is important to make sure that the voices of Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people in the north are at the centre of decision making when it comes to preserving cultural heritage, and we believe in and support the important principle of self-determination. But most importantly, this is about self-determination. I understand that the approval was given by the previous Liberal Government in Western Australia. It feels like it was just yesterday. And it is something that Labor is not going to play politics on. Petitioning Sussan Ley, Hon Linda Burney MP, Ms Terri Butler MP. Every female politician, whether ‘first’ in her field or not, has helped—little by little—to break down traditional barriers regarding women and what they are capable of. This has been going since 2013. A committee that forms itself using members from both houses of the Parliament and of course, from both sides of the Parliament. And the destroying of those sites affects people living today. And of course, it has been a very distressing episode in the history of our nation to see the loss of some of the culturally significant sites, 46,000 years of history in relation to the blasted area. Thanks, everyone. And I also understand the present Labor Government has legislation ready to go that would prevent such an incident happening again. They are not historical sites. Start a petition. I'm going to now ask Terri Butler to make some more comments. The other point that I'd like to make before handing over to Terri Butler to talk more deeply about this inquiry, is that this is a very serious inquiry. Track. Thanks, everyone. ENDS, Authorised by Linda Burney, Australian Labor PartySuite 203/13A Montgomery Street, Kogarah NSW 2217.P: 02 9587 1555 E: linda.burney.mp@aph.gov.au, Labor establishes inquiry into destruction of Aboriginal heritage sites. The white cockatoo–the messenger bird–is Linda Burney’s totem. Yesterday Labor was successful in the Senate of establishing a Terms of Reference to … Don’t bulldoze Aboriginal heritage: save the Butterfly Cave. When she was offered the chance to enter federal parliament, she realised ‘it was an opportunity knocking that might not knock again’. Separated from her mother as a baby, she was raised by her loving non Indigenous great aunt and uncle. Member for Barton, New South Wales Party Australian Labor Party Chamber House of Representatives. This has to be a joint approach between government and the Labor party. Linda Burney. I'm going to ask her to speak about that inquiry in a moment. They are living, breathing, important sites. We have not undertaken this lightly. And we now look forward to working in a bipartisan way to seek to solve one of the really important challenges for our country, to elevate it above partisan politics and political point scoring, and actually come up with constructive outcomes. Shadow Minister for Familes & Social Services and Indigenous Affairs | Member for Barton. Proud heritage: Linda Burney shows her Wiradjuri cloak, which "tells my story", and includes her clan totem, the goanna, and her personal totem, the white cockatoo. We believe that the resources industry is incredibly important to the Australian economy, and we want to see better practices. TRANSCRIPT EXCERPT - WEDNESDAY, 27 MAY 2020, Authorised by Linda Burney, Australian Labor PartySuite 203/13A Montgomery Street, Kogarah NSW 2217.P: 02 9587 1555 E: linda.burney.mp@aph.gov.au, 'Reprehensible': Loss of Indigenous heritage sites from mine blasting. I was in that gallery just up there. Shadow Minister for Familes & Social Services and Indigenous Affairs | Member for Barton, Linda Burney & Terri Butler - press conference - Friday, 12 June 2020, LINDA BURNEY, SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS: My name's Linda Burney and I have Terri Butler, my parliamentary colleague with me, who has responsibility for the issue that we want to put in front of people today. We have undertaken it because there has been so much reaction to the destruction of cultural heritage in the case of the Gorge, 46,000. TERRI BUTLER, SHADOW MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER: Thanks Linda. In her maiden speech her message was clear—she was guided by three political motivations: ‘Aboriginality, being a woman and being a change maker in the social justice space’. We're not talking about just any old site. But archaeologists did find there different bits of Aboriginal history dating back 46,000 years. Burney has said if it wasn’t for these caring relatives, she would have been placed in institutional care. And that's why we extended the hand of bipartisanship and it's why we are pleased that the Government has agreed that this is a matter that should be dealt with by a joint standing committee of the Parliament. A very significant, sacred piece of the Australian story. This Inquiry will look into the issues around Aboriginal cultural heritage and the relationship with mining companies. Thank you. It is what the decisions are made between mining companies and the Traditional Owners. Yesterday Labor was successful in the Senate of establishing a Terms of Reference to put an inquiry to the Northern Australia committee, a joint parliamentary committee on the destruction of Aboriginal cultural heritage, certainly brought on by the by the explosions that Rio Tinto undertook in the Juukan Gorge. And it's been a great pleasure to work with her in working towards having this committee start to undertake this this inquiry. We also make the point very strongly that Aboriginal cultural heritage, as pointed out by UNESCO two weeks ago, is the heritage of all Australians. Described by her colleagues as ‘fearless’, ‘tenacious’, ‘loyal’ and ‘awesome’, Linda had been well prepared for the challenges that lay ahead by the 13 years she spent in the New South Wales Parliament. And it serves no purpose for anyone to throw rocks from the side to score political points. Thanks everyone. Mr. Speaker, it was in this chamber I experienced one of the most remarkable moments of my life. Hon Linda Burney MP. But at the end of the day, we have lost another significant piece of the Australian story, and that's what needs to be understood. August 31, 2016 — House of Representatives, Parliament of Australia, Sydney, Australia . Linda Burney & Terri Butler - press conference - Friday, 12 June 2020. But I will tell you that story of truth-telling and generosity in a moment. And I think all Australians expect the Parliament to take a very serious approach and a bipartisan approach to investigating what occurred, but very importantly, seeking to prevent it from occurring again. Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes, ACT 2600, Australia, Member for Barton (NSW) Australian Labor Party (2016 – Current), First Indigenous woman to be elected to the House of Representatives (2016). Does Linda Burney have the power to decide or influence something you want to change? “I felt a responsibility to convey Linda Burney’s strength, poise and well-earned pride in both her political achievements and her Indigenous heritage. They should just go for it. This has been going since 2013. Do you think that's good enough?BURNEY: I don't think that's good enough. So Linda has played a very strong leadership role, of course, as she always does, in the Shadow Cabinet. Office … We know that BHP has put on hold any further destruction of sites. We were delighted to the motion went through yesterday. This is a serious issue. And it just strikes me that, you know we are talking about reconciliation - the people need to understand that these are sacred, significant sites. That means we need to work together, we need to elevate this issue above partisan politics and come together as a parliament and as a nation. Linda Burney on Sky News AM Agenda - Wednesday, 27 May 2020 NIELSEN: If I can ask you about, there was a blast at the Juukan Gorge for a Rio Tinto mine site. Not just for the Aboriginal community but for the whole Australian community.NIELSEN: It is my understanding though, that Rio Tinto did actually fund the archaeological digs that found those artefacts dating back so long and that they had done a number, saying that there weren't any relics there now to be discovered. This is a very significant outcome. But archaeologists did find there different bits of Aboriginal history dating back 46,000 years Linda Burney was born in 1957 in the small town of Whitton in the Riverina. LINDA BURNEY, SHADOW MINISTER FOR INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS: My name's Linda Burney and I have Terri Butler, my parliamentary colleague with me, who has responsibility for the issue that we want to put in front of people today. Well my strong urging is that that legislation needs to be enacted. Linda Burney on Sky News AM Agenda - Wednesday, 27 May 2020 NIELSEN: If I can ask you about, there was a blast at the Juukan Gorge for a Rio Tinto mine site. Linda Burney Linda Burney Artist's Statement “I felt a responsibility to convey Linda Burney’s strength, poise and well-earned pride in both her political achievements and her Indigenous heritage. Start a petition to this decision maker. Seating Plan. An online celebration of trailblazing women who have broken through barriers in federal parliament and beyond.

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