SA Labor promises Indigenous statues

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Labor in South Australia will spend $1 million on new statues and monuments celebrating the state's Aboriginal heritage and history if the party wins the next state election.

Labor leader Peter Malinauskas says if elected next year, his government will consult with South Australians to identify the first six Aboriginal leaders to be commemorated in its first term in office.

It will also work with local councils on co-funding the projects and to find prominent homes for the new pieces.

The Labor leader said statues and monuments at the centre of towns and cities were almost exclusively related to those who colonised Australia.

He said they ignored one of the greatest treasures in the world, the oldest living culture on the planet.

"It's time for our statues and monuments to celebrate those whose history dates from tens of thousands of years in the past and lives on today," Mr Malinauskas said on Friday.

Federal Opposition Indigenous Australians spokeswoman Linda Burney welcomed the commitment as a celebration of SA's rich Aboriginal history.

"Emerging Aboriginal leaders will know that in decades and centuries to come, future generations will walk past their legacy and likeness and remember them," she said.

While Kaurna elder Jeffrey Newchurch said young Indigenous people needed to see their leaders and heroes so they could walk in their footsteps and achieve even greater things.