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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 10


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 17 May 1995 Mr REED (Mines and Energy)(by leave): Mr Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a third time. Motion agreed to; bill read a third time. ADJOURNMENT Mr HATTON (Aboriginal Development): Mr Speaker, I move that the Assembly do now adjourn. I wish to take this opportunity to pay a very sincere tribute to a great Territorian, Reverend Dr Djiniyini Gondarra from Galiwinku. On 25 May, His Honour the Administrator, Austin Asche, will confer on Djiniyini the Order of Australia Medal in recognition of his significant contribution to indigenous theology and his dedication to his people. The award was formerly announced on Australia Day, but Djiniyini requested that the ceremony be held at Galiwinku, Elcho Island, as he believes the award is ... primarily for the people ... his people. The ceremony, both formal and traditional, will be conducted before many Aboriginal Yolgnu leaders, elders, business associates and members of the Galiwinku community. Reverend Dr Gondarra was bom at Milingimbi, eastern Amhem Land, in 1945, and first served as a lay priest at Galiwinku parish in 1956. He was ordained in 1976, and continued in the Galiwinku parish until 1982. He was elected as a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches in 1991. In recent years, a good deal of his work has been the development of an educational program designed to remove confusion between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. Djiniyini believes that, for Aboriginal people, this will come about by reflecting on their traditional structures and systems to understand the contemporary world. For non-Aboriginal people, he believes the way is to see what has shaped the Aboriginal world view and to appreciate the authentic Aboriginal civilisation. Djiniyini is married to Carol Gelung Gondarra and they have 5 children. I had the good fortune to bump into Djiniyini at lunchtime today in the Smith Street mall which gave me the opportunity to congratulate him and pass on my best wishes for the ceremony, and my sincere apologies for my inability to attend. I was greatly honoured to be invited by Djiniyini to attend the ceremony at Galiwinku but, because of parliamentary committee meetings, it is impossible for me to attend. I wished him well and I trust the ceremony will go very well for him. May I say that the work that Djiniyini is doing, as part of the ARDS functions of the Uniting Church, has provided a great deal of consultancy advice and support to our government through the Office of Aboriginal Development. We are developing programs based on the work developed by ARDS as part of our cross-cultural programs both for Aboriginal people and for public servants and non-Aboriginal people, and I believe this has the potential to be a most significant process in overcoming^he, communication and cultural confusion between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory. It will be a significant focus of activity of our government over the next 12 months as we work on this program, and Dr Djiniyini Gondarra will be a very significant linchpin in the program that is being developed. 3315

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