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 Council Staff May Have to Wear Reconciliation Pins
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 Posted: Feb 3 2018, 06:09 PM
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City of Perth staff may have to wear reconciliation pins

Kate Emery | The West Australian
Saturday, 3 February 2018 11:57AM


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City of Perth staff may have to wear pins displaying the Aboriginal flag in support of reconciliation.Picture: Getty Images

City of Perth staff may soon be required to wear pins featuring the Aboriginal flag to express support for reconciliation.

As part of a wider push to better recognise Aboriginal culture, the city’s administration has proposed buying pins with the flag “to be worn by all customer-facing staff as a statement of commitment towards reconciliation”.

If approved by Perth council, the pins could be introduced by August.

The proposal forms part of the city’s draft reconciliation action plan. It also recommended making the Aboriginal flag a permanent fixture in council chambers and including a Nyoongar greeting on its pre-recorded telephone welcome, so callers would be met with the message “Kaya wanju, welcome to the City of Perth”.

Other proposals would change the name of the city’s meeting rooms to align with Nyoongar language, commission Aboriginal public artworks and start “discussion events and activities” over the Australia Day long weekend from January 2019.

The Whadjuk Nyoongar people have been recognised as the traditional owners of the land within the capital city’s boundaries.

The move comes at a time when the role of councils in tackling social justice issues, such as the push to change the date of Australia Day, is under debate.

Some councils argue it is important to take a stand on social issues. Others believe ratepayers want them to focus on delivering essential services.

Reconciliation plans are used by councils, businesses and schools as a way to demonstrate support for the national reconciliation movement and improve relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. They are drawn up in conjunction with the national body, Reconciliation Australia.

WA councils that have reconciliation action plans include the cities of Melville, Belmont and Rockingham.

The recommendations contained in Perth’s plan came from community consultation, including with the Aboriginal community. The cost of implementing the plan over 12 months was estimated at $600,000.

The draft plan will go to next week’s finance and administration committee meeting before going to full council.

If approved, it would go to Reconciliation Australia to be endorsed and launched in April.

Separately, the city is working on a policy that could see council meetings start with an acknowledgement of country, which a number of councils already do.

It is also considering cultural awareness training for all staff, in part to help staff deal with the high number of Aboriginal homeless people in the city.

The city declined to comment on the report before it was considered by council.


https://thewest.com.au/politics/local-government/city-of-perth-staff-may-have-to-wear-reconciliation-pins-ng-b88732787z

And if some staff opt not to wear the pins, what happens next?

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Will they have to wear them visibly? As a piercing? The mind boggles.

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What next;
Will indigenous employees have to wear pins featuring the Australian flag?

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Flin, that would be the fair thing to do, but, like a lot of issues in the world, it's never been about what's fair! http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

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One word.

Pathetic. http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_angry002.gif

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how are they going to make them
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City of Perth staff may soon be required to wear pins featuring the Aboriginal flag to express support for reconciliation.

Another case of the PC brigade telling us how to think and act - not to wear a pin would make one a racist (especially a white person) now that would be enough to be shunted out of a job.



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i wear the racist Fascist pin proudly
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You won't get a job on the council then chark. http://fairdinkumnewschat.b1.jcink.com/uploads/fairdinkumnewschat/smiley_don_t_know.gif

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