Australian state government commits  million for ‘Aboriginal Flag’ project

Australian state government commits $25 million for ‘Aboriginal Flag’ project

Australian state government commits  million for ‘Aboriginal Flag’ project

The New South Wales government led by Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet announced on Sunday its plan to spend $25 million (AUS) – about $17.24 million (US) – to install a flagpole on the Sydney Harbor Bridge. , solely to carry the “Aboriginal Flag”.

The plan has been described as “a $25 million commitment”, “major gesture” and “major milestone” as part of a broader “$401 million investment” in the “Closing the Gap” program.

The government press release states:

“Our Indigenous history needs to be celebrated and recognized so that young Australians understand the rich and enduring culture we have here with our past,” said Perrottet.

“The permanent installation of the Aboriginal flag on the Sydney Harbor Bridge will do just that and is a continuation of the healing process as part of the wider movement towards reconciliation.

“We are making significant investments, adopting new approaches and taking practical steps to close the gap and improve outcomes for Aboriginal people across NSW.”

Metropolitan Roads Minister Natalie Ward described the planned $25 million flagpole as “a momentous event in NSW history.”

Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Ben Franklin said: “We are incredibly proud to be working with Aboriginal stakeholders on both symbolic and practical reconciliation.”

He later added: “It is both a symbolic and practical gesture that demonstrates the NSW government’s commitment to reconciliation, telling the truth and respecting Aboriginal people, both within our state and in our nation.”

The $25 million flagpole will “help improve outcomes for Aboriginal people across the state,” the NSW government said.

The Australian Aboriginal flag (on the right) flies atop the Sydney Harbor Bridge next to the Australian national flag in celebration of NAIDOC Week on November 10, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. NAIDOC Week celebrates the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. (James D. Morgan/Getty Images)

Conservative coalition leader Perrottet said Monday he wants a departmental review of the $25 million price tag of the proposed flagpole after he was unable to explain the cost.

He claimed to review cost estimates “line by line” to ensure NSW taxpayers would get “value for money”.