The NACCHO Chair Donnella Mills today congratulated both Chansey Paech, MLA Member for Namatjira and Ms Ngaire AhKit, Member for Karama on their election as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively, in the NT Parliament.
Pictured above with Craig Muir the Sergeant of arms holding the mace
“It is a proud moment in our nation’s history as it is the first time that two Aboriginal people have held these senior positions in an Australian Parliament.
“Mr Paech has Eastern Arrernte and Gurindji links and Ms AhKit has both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander as well as Chinese heritage.
“As Mr Paech said in accepting the role, this would inspire young Aboriginal kids growing up in remote communities across the NT to believe in themselves and follow their dreams as there are options for them in the future.
“I wish them both every success in their new roles,” said Donnella Mills.
Mr Paech, 33, was previously Deputy Speaker — a role he took on in 2016 when elected to Parliament to represent Namatjira in Central Australia.
Member for the Darwin seat of Karama, Ngaree Ah Kit, was also elected as the NT’s new deputy speaker on Tuesday — the first time in history two Aboriginal people have held the positions in an Australian Parliament.