On Saturday 19 March, while taking to the podium to claim his victory as the 47th Premier of South Australia, Peter Malinauskas began his speech with these words:
“I stand here with my feet firmly on the lands of the Kaurna people. I pay my respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.”
These simple words were a powerful act of leadership that sent a message of hope to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people throughout Australia.
We are becoming increasingly familiar with this protocol at special events, our children’s school assemblies and even in our workplaces, so what made this particular Acknowledgment so special?
“To see a leader in his position deliver such an authentic Acknowledgement of Country was deeply inspiring and filled me with hope for the future,” explained our co-Director and Aboriginal Elder, Aunty Munya Andrews.
“It spoke volumes about his genuine commitment to Reconciliation. If we can elect more leaders like this, regardless of the political party they represent, there is hope for Closing The Gap and creating a kinder, more inclusive Australia.”
You can view Peter Malinausakas giving his full acceptance speech here.