Five generations of my family have welcomed babies into this country with a special ceremony that reflects the essence of our ancient culture. I invite all the parents and carers of babies in the Cooper electorate to join with me and the Traditional Owners of this land - the Wurundjeri people - in welcoming them to Country.
This is a special opportunity to give your child: connecting them from an early age with a culture that has been here for thousands of years. Let's welcome future generations to this beautiful land in the true spirit of Community, so they will grow to learn how to care for Country, each other and to connect with Traditional Owners.
There will be a traditional smoking ceremony and certificates for the babies.
Hope to see you there.
DjabWurrung Gunnai Gunditjmara
Greens Senator for Victoria