National Reconciliation Week
On Saturday we marked the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum that gave the Federal parliament the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census. You can read more about the referendum and its significance here.
Saturday was also the start of National Reconciliation Week 2017 which runs through to 3 June - another important date. This year is the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Mabo High Court decision which overturned the doctrine of "terra nullius" and recognised that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have rights to their land.
We acknowledge the importance of this decision, and the courage and commitment of Eddie Koiki Mabo and his community in fighting so long for justice.
This year's theme for National Reconciliation Week is Let's take the next steps. On this day we recommit ourselves to supporting the rights and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original and continuing custodians of this land. I pay tribute to our many wonderful Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members and delegates.
We must continue the work of reconciliation and support full rights and justice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. For more information on Reconciliation Week, including local events and resources, please click here.