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Backlash grows over decision to scrap Victorian hospital’s Indigenous name in favour of Queen Elizabeth II | Indigenous Australians

Victoria’s First Peoples’ Assembly has accused the Andrews government of making a hospital in Melbourne’s east “culturally unsafe” for Indigenous Australians after it vowed to rename the site in honour of Queen Elizabeth II, dumping its Indigenous name.

In a pre-election pledge on Sunday, Victoria’s premier, Daniel Andrews, promised to rebuild the Maroondah hospital, in East Ringwood, at a cost of $1bn and rename it to pay tribute to the Queen.

The renaming has sparked a backlash from some Indigenous leaders and others but Andrews on Monday defended the decision and said it was a “fitting” tribute.

Marcus Stewart, co-chair of the First Peoples’ Assembly – the body elected to develop the state’s Indigenous treaty framework – criticised the decision.

“With just a few words the government has turned the Maroondah hospital into a culturally unsafe place for our…

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