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Aunty Josie Agius

Mr WINGARD (Mitchell) (16:09): I rise also to support the condolence motion for Auntie Josie Agius, a well respected South Australian Indigenous elder.

As has been said, Auntie Josie was born on the Yorke Peninsula and had deep ties with that community and the Adelaide community through her work in health and education and advocacy for her people. I had the great pleasure of meeting Auntie Josie on a number of occasions when I hosted numerous events around the city and Auntie Josie was often on hand to give the Kaurna welcome to country.

She was small in stature but large in character. Auntie Josie had a delightfully endearing nature and was loved by all those who met her. One of her greatest qualities was her willingness to hand over her knowledge, learnings and beliefs to the next generation of Kaurna people.

I would often see her sharing time with Indigenous footballers, especially at the Port Adelaide Football Club. She would always get the ear of players like Gavin Wanganeen, Byron Pickett and Daniel Motlop, and to see them now give back to the Indigenous community and the state at large would make Auntie Josie crack one of her famous heartwarming smiles, full of pride. I was exceptionally lucky because Auntie Josie was always kind and warm to me, especially around the Port Adelaide Football Club, but I think it was because she thought I was Chad's brother.

Whilst Auntie Josie played her part in supporting the Kaurna community, for anyone interested in knowing more about the Kaurna ways and to know what Auntie Josie was about they could visit the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre and Warriparinga on the corner of Sturt and Marion roads on the boundary of my electorate. It is a wonderful place to learn more about the Kaurna ways. I have always revelled in Auntie Josie's words, 'Let's not forget the past, but let's not dwell on the past.' She would also call on Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people to walk together in harmony. My condolences to the family. Vale, Auntie Josie.

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