February 26, 2016
The State of Reconciliation in Australia report was tabled in Parliament this week, as Senators met to discuss the tabling of the annual Closing the Gap report.
The Report, launched earlier this month by Reconciliation Australia, reveals that while the nation has developed a strong foundation for reconciliation, significant challenges remain. The Report measures our progress toward reconciliation against five dimensions: race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity, and historical acceptance.
In tabling the report to the Senate, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert said that “as we work to close the gap, we need to talk about reconciliation in Australia. I have just tabled the State of Reconciliation in Australia report.
This talks about five dimensions that need to be considered: race relations, equality and equity, unity, institutional integrity and historical acceptance—do you hear a theme here? This is a theme that we need to be working on.”
Senator Siewert urged Senators to read the Report and take note of its recommendations.
“If we are going to achieve constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which I know many people want to achieve, we need to look at this issue of unfinished business… I contend that unless we deal with this unfinished business, we will not close the gap.”
Read more about the State of Reconciliation in Australia report here.