2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer

Executive Summary

The Australian Reconciliation Barometer is a national research study that looks at the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, and how perceptions affect progress towards reconciliation. The Barometer was developed through a nation-wide series of discussion groups held in late 2007. 

The 2008 Barometer was the first time the study was undertaken, acting as a point of reference for subsequent reports. 

The structure of the Barometer recognises that attitudes and behaviour towards reconciliation will require changes to take place in four core areas:

  • Awareness: What do people know about the facts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander life and history?
  • Attitudes: What are the opinions and beliefs that Indigenous and non-Indigenous people hold about each other and our relationship?
  • Perceptions: What are the cultural stereotypes and preconceptions the general public holds in relation to Indigenous people and vice versa?
  • Action: What are people prepared to do to bring about an improvement in the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians?

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer: The Quick Guide (PDF 745KB)

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer National Sample Results Cover

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer: National Sample Results (PDF 662KB)

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer Comparative Report Cover

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer: Comparative Report (PDF 386KB)

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer Indigenous Sample Cover

2008 Australian Reconciliation Barometer: Indigenous Sample Report (PDF 416KB)

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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