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Cape York to Parliament to meet State's Leaders and Origin Greats, May 2007

The Speaker Mike Reynolds today introduced Indigenous children from Far North Queensland to the State's Parliamentary leaders and State of Origin Greats as part of its Cape York to Parliament program.

Speaker Mike Reynolds said the Cape York to Parliament program involved providing the students with amazing opportunities to broaden their life experiences that would be educational, cultural and recreational. In a historic visit from twenty year 6 and 7 students Indigenous children from Coen and Hope Vale in Far North Queensland, Mr Reynolds introduced the children to Cabinet and Shadow Ministers, State of Origin Greats, as well as Indigenous and non-Indigenous community representatives and corporate sponsors. Apart from meeting their Origin heroes, another highlight for the children was when they were presented with State of Origin caps by Paul Travis, Deputy Chairman of the North Queensland Cowboys and developer of the program. The Cape York to Parliament program is being held at the Queensland Parliament between 22 and 26 May 2007 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and Reconciliation Week 2007. "The Cape York to Parliament program will include parliamentary education activities, mentoring from Elders, reconciliation activities with non-Indigenous students and art projects," Mr Speaker said. During their visit to the Queensland Parliament, the children will visit the Murri School at Acacia Ridge; participate in educational activities at Parliament House; undertake reconciliation art activities with students from Ferny Hills State School; and visit the Queensland Museum.

A highlight of the children's' visit will be a trip to the State of Origin tonight as well as forming a guard of honour for the North Queensland Cowboys and the Canterbury Bulldogs as they run onto the field prior to the reconciliation match being held at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night (25 May 2007). The events come ahead of the Parliament's major new community engagement strategy aimed at young people, regional and Indigenous Queenslanders which will be launched later this year. "2007 is a particularly meaningful time for the Queensland Parliament to be launching its new strategic direction focussing on engagement with Indigenous peoples as the 50th anniversary of NAIDOC will be celebrated later in the year". The Queensland Parliament will be participating in these celebrations in July.

"Also, 2007 marks the 10 Year Anniversary of the Bringing them Home: The 'Stolen Children' Report", Mr Reynolds said.

The Cape York to Parliament program has been organised in partnership with members of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community including Members of the Queensland Parliament Indigenous Engagement Working Group; the Parliament of Queensland and staff of the Parliamentary Service; Queensland Department of Communities; Queensland Department of Local Government, Planning, Sport and Recreation; Mr Paul Travis, Deputy Chairman of the North Queensland Cowboys; Ms Joan Collins, Indigenous Art and Administration Officer, Queensland Art Gallery; Mr Jason O'Brien MP, Member for Cook and his electorate officers; Jetstar; Concept Sports; North Queensland Cowboys; Jetstar Gold Coast Titans; The Football Origin Greats; National Rugby League (NRL); Queensland Rugby League (QRL); Coca-Cola Amatil; kuril dhagun, the Queensland State Library Indigenous Knowledge Centre; The Murri School; Lourdes Hill College; Reconciliation Queensland; Ferny Hills State School; Right Honourable The Lord Mayor Councillor Campbell Newman; Mr Leo Catalano, Hawthorne Cinemas; School of Distance Education Cairns; The Bellevue, Cairns; Queensland Museum; a very special thank you to Emma Toombs.


Cape York To Parliament 

Cape York To Parliament

Cape York To Parliament