The parliament of New South Wales in Australia has passed a historic legislation, a first in the country’s history, to recognize and revive Indigenous languages.

Under the provisions of the Aboriginal Languages Bill, the state is to appoint an independent panel of Aboriginal language experts and establish a new languages centre.

Despite the state having over 1,800 people speaking around 35 Aboriginal languages, speaking them were discouraged by the state government.

Members of various tribes were invited to the parliament to sing and speak their own languages in the upper house chamber.

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