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NSW introduces laws to revive Indigenous languages

Posted 12 Oct 2017 10:00AM


Hundreds gathered outside NSW Parliament in Sydney on Wednesday to usher in an historic piece of legislation — the Aboriginal Languages Bill.

As part of the new legislation, the State Government said it would appoint an independent panel of Aboriginal language experts and establish a new languages centre.

Dr Ray Kelly from the University of Newcastle, who sung and spoke his Dunghutti language in the Parliament, said it was an emotional day.

"[The bill's] genesis is 30 years, 40 years old, so people have been talking about the rights for language and the protection of Aboriginal languages," Dr Kelly said.

"And [this is] for all of those older people who are no longer walking the path with us."