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Labor to scrap Queen’s Birthday public holiday to recognise ‘indigenous culture’

NSW Labor leader Luke Foley says he’ll scrap the Queen’s birthday public holiday in favor of indigenous recognition if his party wins the next election.

Mr Foley announced the plan today, saying the move would be “another step in the process of reconciliation”.

“We will ensure that the second Monday in June becomes a public holiday in celebration of the indigenous culture and history in our country,” the Labor leader said.

The plan comes alongside a commitment to flying the Aboriginal flag atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge all-year round.

Chris Smith is questioning the move, pointing out the steps already in place to recognise Australia’s indigenous people.

“We have reconciliation week in this country, that’s the first thing that needs to be established.

“Are we somehow guilty of not showing enough respect for Indigenous Australians? Is that what he means?

“What about the endless welcome to country ceremonies? What about the $33 billion we spend on Aboriginal affairs?

“What about the sorry that was proclaimed in parliament?”

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