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Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney at a smoking ceremony during the opening of the 47th Federal Parliament at Parliament House. Mick Tsikas/AAP Image

Women in the Labor party are leading the way in increasing Indigenous representation

A record 11 Indigenous representatives are now in federal parliament, most of them women. But despite the improvement in representation, research tells us their road ahead won’t be an easy one.
Incoming Australian Greens Senator Senator Lidia Thorpe lifts one fist and carries a message stick, during a swearing-in ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra. AAP/Lukas Coch

What are message sticks? Senator Lidia Thorpe continues a long and powerful diplomatic tradition

Pre-Invasion, message sticks were sent between distant communities to maintain diplomatic relations. They demanded acknowledgement and mutual respect.

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