First Nations Members make Queensland history

24 November 2020

A ceremonial blessing at Parliament House today marked the first time in Queensland history that three First Nations peoples have been sworn in as Members of the state's Parliament.

Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for the Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts Leeanne Enoch, Member for Cook Cynthia Lui and Member for Bundamba Lance McCallum were part of the traditional blessing to celebrate the important milestone at the commencement of the 57th Parliament.

Minister Enoch said the occasion would continue to point Queensland towards exploring the truth of our shared history.

“This is the first time ever that three First Nations peoples have been sworn into Queensland’s parliament at the same time, and I am so proud to stand beside my colleagues Lance and Cynthia in this moment,” Minister Enoch said.

“First Nations people have occupied and cared for this country for 65,000 years and moments like this drive us towards a conversation to fully understand our relationships with each other and propel our actions towards the next steps in agreement making.

“The Palaszczuk Government has committed to a path to treaty or treaties in this state. This is a bold commitment, but one that has been generations in the making and one that will potentially be among the greatest achievements of this generation.”

Mr McCallum said he was filled with immense pride to see all three First Nations members of the Palaszczuk Government returned at the 2020 election.

“Our caucus is diversity in action, not just words,” Mr McCallum said.

“I’m humbled to walk beside Leeanne, Cynthia and the rest of the Palaszczuk Government as we continue the tracks toward Treaty and Reconciliation in our great state.”

Ms Lui said she was honoured to be one of three First Nations parliamentarians and the only Torres Strait Islander serving under the Palaszczuk Government.

“Having the ability to receive a traditional blessing and take oath for my second term with my Aboriginal brother and sister symbolises the intention of a true progressive government that is focused on an inclusive future for all,” Ms Lui said.