I acknowledge the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples who are the traditional custodians of the gathering place, on which this Parliament was built.
I am a proud Djabwurrung Gunnai Gunditjmara woman and I live on Wurundjeri Country. I stand before you today on the shoulders of my ancestors, who fought and died for our country.
Their resistance, knowledge and strength over thousands of years has guided me to this moment and I carry their spirit with me in this chamber.
It’s an honour to be the first Aboriginal person elected to the Senate to represent Victoria.