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    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Historic moment at Government House

    Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business
    The Honourable Leeanne Enoch

    Friday, February 19, 2016

    Historic moment at Government House

    History was made at Queensland’s Government House this morning as Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy and Minister for Small Business Leeanne Enoch became the first Aboriginal person to take part in the traditional presentation of the Address in Reply motion.

    The Address-in-Reply debate is the traditional parliamentary acknowledgment and reply to the Governor's opening speech and is moved and seconded by newly elected members.

    Ms Enoch was the mover of the motion on 27 March 2015 and the Address in Reply was agreed by the House on 3 December 2015. 

    It is traditional for the mover and seconder of the Address in Reply motion – Member for Townsville Scott Stewart – to accompany the Speaker for the presentation at Government House.

    Ms Enoch joined Mr Stewart and Speaker Peter Wellington this morning to present the motion to the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency, The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.

    “As I said in Parliament at the time, as the first Aboriginal woman elected to Queensland Parliament I was proud to move the motion and that sense of pride continues today,” Ms Enoch said.

    “It is my honour to not only represent the people of Algester but to light the path for more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be part of our state’s political system.

    “As a Minister in the Palaszczuk Government, the past 12 months have been an amazing opportunity to help prepare Queensland and the coming generations for the future economy.”

     

    Media contact: Daniel Lato 0438 830 201