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Recognition of Queensland's first Indigenous MP by Speaker of Queensland Parliament

Uncle Eric Deeral acknowledgement in Hope Vale


On Monday 18th June, the Hon Fiona Simpson, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland, addressed an Acknowledgement event in Hope Vale, Far North Queensland, to recognise Queensland's first Indigenous MP, and present him with a gift recording his service to the State.

Mr Eric Deeral, who will be 80 this year, was the first Indigenous person to be elected to an Australian State Parliament, representing the seat of Cook in the Queensland Parliament from 1974 to 1977.
The Speaker said that this event was an historic opportunity to recognise Mr Deeral on his country, in the company of his family, local community and Elders.

The Speaker also sought permission from Mr Deeral to rename the Parliament’s annual Indigenous Youth Parliament event in his honour

In attendance alongside Mr Deeral was his family and local community, the Member for Cook, the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and local councilors of Hope Vale and the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and local councilors of Cook Town, and the Hope Vale Chief Executive Officer.

The photo above shows the Speaker with Mr Deeral surrounded by his family, friends and Hope Vale community members.