The early years, from conception to the first year of school shapes the journey that a child takes. We know when we get this right and when disparities in early life outcomes are addressed, we are giving children the best chance in life, because what happens during early childhood affects later health, wellbeing, educational attainment and employment.
I want to begin by acknowledging the Gumatj people, Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu. Let me say I'm delighted to be here today and I acknowledge and pay my respects to the Yolngu people whose country we're on today. To your member who represents you in the Norther Territory, Mark Guyula. I apologise for that message you received that is not the way I work. We respect your languages, your culture including your dreaming and creation stories. And I want to thank all those who are here today for having attended, because it's important.
Can I acknowledge the Gumatj people, the Yolngu leaders, past and present. I want to acknowledge you Dr Yunupingu for your leadership, your vision, for your influence you’ve had over the past 21 years. And when I listened to your grandson talk, I was reminded of the power of youth voices – we need to listen more frequently to the voices of young people because your vision for the future is premised on the theme for this weekend. But, if we want to make a difference then we must also walk with our young because it is not only the elders who shape the future – it is our community in totality. And I want to thank you for the privilege of being able to walk, through the bush, back to here with you. It was an honour and I thank you for that.
The first Aboriginal Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Honourable Ken Wyatt AM, MP, will join Indigenous leaders, government representatives, the corporate sector and Indigenous community groups around the camp fire at this year’s Garma festival in North East Arnhem Land.
Hosted by Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu AM and the Yothu Yindi Foundation near Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory, Garma kicks off tomorrow Friday, 2 August and will run until Monday, 5 August 2019.
A new study into the prevalence of petrol sniffing in selected Indigenous communities has found a total 95.2 per cent reduction in the number of people sniffing petrol since 2007.
Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt, said the downward trend aligned with the Coalition Government’s continued roll out of low aromatic unleaded fuel and is making communities safer and healthier.
The Goodes O’Loughlin Foundation Limited (The GO Foundation) has been provided $4.5 million over three years to support the provision of scholarships for Indigenous students and strengthen their operations.
Ken Wyatt: Kaya Wangju. I want to acknowledge the traditional custodians on the land on which we're meeting today, the Ngunnawal and Ngambri people.
I want to acknowledge other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people today and all who have joined us and those watching at home.
I also acknowledge Sabra Lane and the National Press Club for inviting me to speak today.
NAIDOC Week 2019 has kicked off today under the theme of Voice. Treaty. Truth – Let’s work together for a shared future echoing the call for constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.