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Australian National Flag to fly at Half-Mast Thursday, 6 December 2018 State Funeral Service Dr Ernestine Bonita Mabo AO (1943 - 2018) The Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet advises that a State Funeral Service for Dr Ernestine ‘Bonita’ Mabo AO will be held at 1:00pm on Thursday, 6 December 2018 at Townsville Stadium, 40-48 Murray Lyons Crescent, Annandale, Townsville, Queensland. Dr Ernestine ‘Bonita’ Mabo AO was a prominent advocate for the rights of First Nations people and Indigenous education. Dr Mabo will be remembered as a matriarch of reconciliation and native title, working alongside her husband, Edward ‘Koiki’ Mabo, for the recognition of Indigenous land rights in Australia. She was involved in a number of Indigenous organisations including spending 10 years on the Central Queensland Land Council. In 2013, she was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the Indigenous community and to human rights as an advocate for the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and South Sea Islander peoples. As a mark of mourning and respect, and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast all day on Thursday, 6 December 2018 in Queensland only from all buildings and establishments occupied by Australian Government departments and affiliated agencies. Other organisations are welcome to participate. When flying the Australian National Flag with other flags, all flags in the set should be flown at half-mast. If a set of flags includes the flags of other nations, it would be appropriate to seek permission from the diplomatic representatives of that nation to half-mast their flag. An acceptable half-mast position would be when the top of the flag is a third of the distance down from the top of the flagpole. Information on flag protocol is available at

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