[by Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie]
Genuine representation and self-determination is key to a reconciled nation
This Reconciliation Week the Australian Greens are calling on the Government to begin their term with a commitment to First Nations peoples to address Australia’s unfinished business, close the gap and achieve justice for First Nations peoples.
Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said a commitment to self-determination must be at the heart of closing the gap, and that this approach has been sadly lacking.
“I congratulate Minister Wyatt (pictured) on being appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians.
“This is a positive step towards self-determination and I look forward to working with my West Australian colleague to achieve justice for First Nations peoples.
“Implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Voice to Parliament has to be a multi-partisanproject and a priority of the new Parliament. First Nations peoples have waited too long.
“We must firmly slam the door on punitive controlling measures like the Intervention, the cashless debit card and the community development program which undermine self-determination of First Nations communities and any chance we have at closing the gap.
“Income management is a failed measure. We need programs that invest in people, not punishes them.
“We are joining First Nations organisations in calling for the adoption of national justice targets to close the gap in the rates of imprisonment of First Nations peoples particularly young people, and to close the gap in the rates of violence against First Nations peoples, with priority strategies for women and children.
"The Closing the Gap targets must also include out of home care and justice targets.
“Yesterday was the anniversary of Sorry Day.
“Sorry was meant to be the start of a journey, not the end. If we are actually serious about addressing these issues and closing the gap, First Nations issues and organisations would have been given priority, long term funding support and certainty.
“Reparations and compensation is a key part of this. State and Federal Governments, as well as the institutions that caused so much harm, must offer redress and funding for healing services.
“It’s been over 20 years since the Bringing Them Home report and most recommendations have not been implemented with half-hearted efforts on some.
"As a nation we need to reset and take a new approach.”
The Federal Circuit Court of Australia releases Reconciliation Action Plan
[by Denise Healy]
In recognition of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia’s continued commitment to supporting access to justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the Court has released its second Reconciliation Action Plan 2019–2021 (RAP).
Kathy Mills says Australia's reconciliation efforts are making no progress
[Shahni Wellington and Emily Smith, ABC]
Kathy Mills wants to see Australians use their wealth of reconciliatory tools — from a simple handshake to the words "g'day cobber" or "fair go mate" — to ignite a change in the nation.
Canberra marks second ever Reconciliation Day public holiday
[Kate Medina, ABC]
The Government said the purpose behind the day was to create "a time for all Canberrans to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia."