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Fire at Old Parliament House: an Indigenous perspective

[by Munganbanna Norman Miller]

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Image: supplied

Munganbana Norman Miller is concerned that a giant boomerang with “No Discrimination in the Constitution” on it that he donated to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Canberra may have been damaged when the door was set on fire last Thursday. He has not been to see where it was located because he lives in Cairns. The museum is closed for repairs. He made and painted the boomerang himself.

Munganbana said, “It is disappointing that numerous heritage that was contained in the Museum has been treated with such disdain by protestors who did not have the approval of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy or the local Ngunnawal elders for the protest or the smoking ceremony which was a guise for them to undertake a criminal action of setting it on fire.”

“As we come to the 50th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, we respect peaceful protest and acknowledge the important contribution it has made,” said Miller. Now is the time for the Uluru Statement of Voice Treaty Truth to be established.”

“I am an Aboriginal artist and the giant boomerang I donated to the museum had on it ‘No Discrimination in the Constitution.’ It was part of a grass roots campaign I waged at my own expense by travelling around Australia collecting signatures for the removal of discrimination from the constitution and the acknowledgement of First Nations people in it,” said Munganbana.


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