• Cynthia Lui (left), Lance McCallum (centre) and Leeanne Enoch (right) during their offical swearing in ceremony at Queensland Parliament. (Lance McCallum (Twitter).)Source: Lance McCallum (Twitter).
For the first time in Queensland’s history, three Indigenous Members of the State’s Parliament have been sworn in at the same time, marked today by a ceremonial blessing from Traditional Owners.
Douglas Smith

24 Nov 2020 - 4:50 PM  UPDATED 24 Nov 2020 - 4:50 PM

In a historical moment, three First Nations MP's have been officially sworn into Queensland's State Parliament at the same time, which was marked by a traditional blessing from Traditional Owners on Tuesday. 

Minister for the Arts, Leeanne Enoch, was sworn into the state’s 57th Parliament alongside Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui and Member for Bundamba, Lance McCallum at a traditional blessing at Parliament House. 

In a statement, Ms Enoch said the momentous occasion would continue to point Queensland towards exploring the truth of Australia's shared history, which included the Palaszczuk’s government's commitment to a treaty.

“This is the first time ever that three First Nations peoples have been sworn into Queensland’s parliament at the same time and I am so proud to stand beside my colleagues Lance and Cynthia in this moment,” said Minister Enoch.

“The Palaszczuk government has committed to a path to treaty or treaties in this state.

“This is a bold commitment, but one that has been generations in the making and one that will potentially be among the greatest achievements of this generation.”

Member for Bundamba, Lance McCallum, said he was filled with immense pride to see all three First Nations members of the Palaszczuk government returned at the 2020 election.

“Our caucus is diversity in action, not just words,” said Mr McCallum.

“I’m humbled to walk beside Leeanne, Cynthia and the rest of the Palaszczuk government as we continue the tracks toward Treaty and Reconciliation in our great state.”

Member for Cook, Cynthia Lui said she was honoured to be one of three First Nations parliamentarians and the only Torres Strait Islander serving in the Palaszczuk government.

“Having the ability to receive a traditional blessing and take oath for my second term with my Aboriginal brother and sister, symbolises the intention of a true progressive government that is focused on an inclusive future for all,” said Ms Lui.

Three Indigenous Queensland MP’s hold seats at the same time in historical milestone
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