State of Reconciliation in Australia Report launched
On Tuesday, February 9, Reconciliation Australia released a landmark report highlighting what has been achieved under the five dimensions of reconciliation: race relations; equality and equity; institutional integrity; unity; and historical acceptance. The report, the first of its kind since 2000, makes recommendations on how we can progress reconciliation into the next generation.
Over the last 25 years, Australia has achieved some significant milestones on our reconciliation journey, including the establishment of native title, the Apology, the Closing the Gap framework and progress on constitutional recognition of First Australians.
While there is much goodwill and support for reconciliation growing across all sectors of the Australian community, there are still many hard conversations before us.
Racism, denial of rights, and a lack of willingness to come to terms with our history continue to overshadow the nation’s reconciliation progress.
It is a conversation for all Australians, whether as individuals, or as members of the business, government, education, or community sector to actively commit to and participate in.
It is the responsibility of each and everyone of us to ensure that one day in the near future, we can say that we are truly reconciled.
Until we achieve reconciliation, Australia will fall short of its full potential as a nation.
We cannot be guilty of inaction.
We know we are stronger together.
We know we are richer for the diversity of our histories and cultures.
We are proud of our differences.
Justice and fairness are at the core of what makes our nation great.
The State of Reconciliation in Australia report is now available here.
Read the VCOSS Guest Blog by Erin McKinnon, Reconciliation Victoria’s Statewide Coordinator.