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Donation of painting by Chern'ee Sutton

The Queensland Parliament gratefully received a painting donated by 15 year-old Indigenous artist, Chern’ee Sutton, of Bundaberg, on 21 November 2011.

The painting, pictured below, is titled ‘Ajarku Muruu’, which means ‘All One Country’ in the Kalkadoon language (covering the Mount Isa area).

Ajarku Muruu - painting by Cher'nee Sutton


Speaker John Mickel thanked Chern’ee saying that she was “an amazing talent," and that her painting was "stunning…..truly superb."


Speaker John Mickel with Chern'ee Sutton

Chern’ee in explaining her painting, said:

The different coloured hands represent the many different cultures and people living in the land we call home, Australia. The raised brown and yellow ochre centrepiece represents our sparse rugged land. The blue dots represent the rivers that give life to us all. The red dots represent the blood spilled in battle both here in Australia and overseas by all Australians protecting our way of life. The black dots represent the spirits of those departed that watch over us all and our land and the yellow ochre dots represent the youth of today that will take their country to new heights tomorrow. The kangaroo and emu represent our persistence for equality, which is always moving forwards and never backwards. The small white dots represent the spirit trails that link all Australians together in this movement forward under a common unity, The Southern Cross.

The painting is displayed as part of the reconciliation gallery on Level 5 of the Parliamentary Annexe building.