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New South Wales to fly Aboriginal flags permanently for first time

Australia's reconciliation process with its Aboriginal community takes another step forwards with NSW deciding to fly indigenous flags permanently

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New South Wales to fly Aboriginal flags permanently for first time

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After more than two centuries of appalling neglect Australia is trying to make amends for
its treatment of the country’s original inhabitants, the Aborigines.


The latest gesture towards reconciliation involves official recognition of the Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islands flags in New South Wales. From now on they will fly alongside the state and national flags
in the capital, Sydney.


“These flags representing the oldest living cultures in the world will now fly proudly alongside our
national and state flags. This I think is a significant and an emotional moment,” said New South
Wales Governor David Hurley.


There remains a long way to go, however. The Aboriginal community struggles with unemployment,
alcohol and drug abuse, poor housing and education, and abiding racial prejudice.

The efforts at reconciliation have at times been clumsy, as this latest attempt to include Aboriginal themes into the education system shows.