New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said on Sunday that as part of a ‘healing process’ and reconciliation efforts with Australia’s Indigenous community, the Aboriginal flag will be permanently flown on the bridge from Sydney Harbour.
At the top of the historic bridge, the Australian flag and the New South Wales state flag will fly alongside the distinctive black, red and yellow flag.
The Aboriginal flag, flown from government buildings and adopted by sports clubs and athletes of Aboriginal descent, has been recognized as the official flag of Australia since 1995.
It comes after centre-left Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, during his election campaign, promised a referendum on giving Aboriginal Australians an institutional role in policy-making.
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New South Wales, which is Australia’s most populous state, will spend A$25 million ($17 million) to permanently install a third mast on the bridge by the end of the year to fly the flag.
Seeking to promote better links between the wider Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Perrottet said the move represented a continuation of the “healing process as part of a wider movement towards reconciliation. “.
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He told reporters at a press conference in Sydney that this is an important decision that we have taken, I think it brings unity to our country and it is a small price to pay for this unification. “
Resolving a trade dispute that had prevented sports teams and Indigenous communities from reproducing the image, the federal government this year acquired the copyright to the Indigenous flag so it could be used freely.
First hoisted in 1971 at a land rights rally in the state of Victoria, the colors of the flag represent indigenous peoples and their spiritual connection to the land.
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