HOUSE of Assembly Speaker Michael Polley said yesterday that criticism of Denison Labor MHA Lisa Singh for moving a motion for the Aboriginal flag to stand in Parliament House was unwarranted. On Thursday, the Aboriginal community hit back at Ms Singh's motion saying while it was a nice gesture, there should have been proper consultation.
The idea of the indigenous flag flying in the House of Assembly chamber was suggested last month when Parliament sat in Launceston, but Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre worker Nala Mansell-McKenna said she asked for time to consult with the Aboriginal community first.
Mr Polley said Ms Singh was simply moving a machinery motion to begin the process of considering having the flag in Parliament.
"In doing so, Ms Singh was starting a process that would allow formal consultation with the Aboriginal community, as well as both Opposition parties," he said.