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3—Insertion of section 2

After section 1 insert:

2—Recognition of Aboriginal peoples

        (1)         The Parliament on behalf of the people of South Australia acknowledges that—

            (a)         the Parliament of the United Kingdom in 1834 passed a Bill called An Act to empower His Majesty to erect South Australia into a British Province or Provinces and to provide for the Colonisation and Government thereof and that by Letters Patent dated 19 February 1836 His Majesty established the Province of South Australia; and

            (b)         the making of the above instruments and subsequent constitutional instruments providing for the governance of South Australia and for the making of laws for peace, order and good government occurred without proper and effective recognition, consultation or authorisation of Aboriginal peoples of South Australia.

        (2)         Following the Apology given on 28 May 1997, the Parliament, on behalf of the people of South Australia—

            (a)         acknowledges and respects Aboriginal peoples as the State's first peoples and nations; and

            (b)         recognises Aboriginal peoples as traditional owners and occupants of land and waters in South Australia and that—

                  (i)         their spiritual, social, cultural and economic practices come from their traditional lands and waters; and

                  (ii)         they maintain their cultural and heritage beliefs, languages and laws which are of ongoing importance; and

                  (iii)         they have made and continue to make a unique and irreplaceable contribution to the State; and

            (c)         acknowledges that the Aboriginal peoples have endured past injustice and dispossession of their traditional lands and waters.

        (3)         The Parliament does not intend this section to have any legal force or effect.

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