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First Indigenous Liaison Officer appointed to an Australian Parliament

The Queensland Parliament has become the first Australian parliament to appoint an Indigenous Liaison Officer.

Mr Brett Nutley recently commenced employment with the Queensland Parliament in the newly created position of Indigenous Liaison Officer. He will be responsible for improving engagement between Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ and the Queensland Parliament.

Mr Nutley, who is a Mununjali / Yugambeh Man (Beaudesert, Queensland) on his Mother’s (Aunty Carol Currie) side, said he was proud to have been appointed to this position.

He said, “I feel honoured to be chosen as the first Parliamentary Indigenous Liaison Officer in Queensland and Australia and I am looking forward to liaising with the Indigenous communities across the State with a strong emphasis on regional areas.”

The Indigenous Liaison Officer position was created at the direction of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, Mr Mike Reynolds, fulfilling his commitment to increase the Parliament's role of engaging with the community.  Mr Reynolds said that on becoming Speaker in 2006, his vision was for the Parliament to improve its engagement with all Queenslanders, particularly with young people, regional and Indigenous Queenslanders.

“I have already taken several steps towards increasing engagement between the Parliament and Queenslanders, including the establishment of a new Community Engagement unit in July 2007.

“The creation of an Indigenous Liaison Officer position is an important part of that continued vision and an important one on our path towards reconciliation.

“Brett’s appointment is aimed at giving Indigenous Queenslanders a greater sense of connection to their Parliament.

Mr Reynolds congratulated Brett on his appointment to the Queensland Parliament’s Community Engagement unit.

“I look forward to working with Brett and I encourage all Indigenous Queenslanders to join with the Queensland Parliament on our journey of increased engagement,” Mr Reynolds said.

Mr Nutley thanked the Speaker for creating the Indigenous Liaison Officer position.

“I also wish to acknowledge the Elders of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community for laying the foundations for positions like this for my generation and younger generations to come.

Hon Mike Reynolds AM MP, with