Australian news, and some related international items

First Aboriginal woman elected to Senate – the principled Nova Peris

Peris,-NovaMonths ago, this website criticised Nova Peris, as being “parachuted in” as a laLor candidate for the election. We saw her as a tame puppet for Labor.  How wrong we were!
Nova Peris made clear her prinicipled stand with Aboriginal landowners, against Labor’s planned Muckaty radioactive trash dump: -“I met with the anti-nuclear campaign people and I also met with the NT environment mob, and I have met with the Tennant Creek residents, I have met with the unions and I have met with three of the traditional owner groups,” Ms Peris told the NT News .“In my view I do stand with them in opposing that (nuclear dump).”   Asked if she would cross the floor on issues she felt passionate about she said: “If I felt passionate and that was the right way to do it, then yes.”
AUSTRALIA SEES FIRST ABORIGINAL WOMAN IN PARLIAMENT SYDNEY 7 News 9 Sept 13 (AFP) Former Olympian Nova Peris has become the first Aboriginal woman elected to Australia’s national parliament, a welcome achievement for the centre-left Labor Party which lost power in the polls…… Peris, who identifies with the Kiga People of the East Kimberley, Yawuru People of the West Kimberley (Broome) and Muran People of West Arnhem land in the Northern Territory, is set to be sworn in as a senator at the next sittings in Canberra.

September 9, 2013 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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