Today I am proud to be Australian. It's been a while.
THE Federal Parliament has opened with ceremonial welcoming from Aborigines for the first time in its 107-year history.
"With this welcome comes a great symbolism: the hope of a united nation, through reconciliation," Ngannawal elder Matilda House told the assembled MPs and Senators.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was handed a message stick which told "the story of our coming together".
The ceremony combined ancient Aboriginal dances, music, song with more modern dance and performance.