Council For Reconciliation In Australia

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Reconciliation is the restoration of friendly relations between Aboriginal Australians and Non-Aboriginal. A healthy relationship is needed between Aboriginal Australians and Non-Aboriginal Australians as it is needed for the society to function healthily and appropriately. The Australian government has had various levels of success with achieving reconciliation. They have taken positive steps towards reconciliation, but achieving reconciliation is a task in itself. Steps have been taken towards reconciliation by responding to the national inquiry of “the stolen generations”. A formal apology to the indigenous community and also responding to the report made by the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. A majority of members from the indigenous…show more content…
The council was established in 1991, by an Act of Parliament, containing a group of twenty five Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal Australians. The council was given ten years to consult with individuals and organisations; to come up with their recommendations for Aboriginal reconciliation. The current Prime Minister Paul Keating supported this initiative. Keating also contributed to the council in an indirect manner, by asking non-Aboriginal Australians to fink about the legacies of the past and what it meant for Australia. The issue of reconciliation became even more complex, as the Mabo and Wik decisions were being made, as well as “the stolen generations” inquiry was taking place. Keating was also replaced by John Howard who had a different view on the issue than he did. In 2000 the Council for Reconciliation’s report was made and its recommendations were made. They included; a formal recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples as Australia’s first peoples in a new preamble to Australia’s Constitution, and a process to unite Australians by way if a formal agreement or treaty through which issues of Reconciliation could be resolved. Two years later, the Howard Government responded to this report. Unfortunately, they rejected most of its recommendations. The Council was then changed to a body called Reconciliation Australia. The funding for the project was greatly reduced. Over the next ten years, Reconciliation Australia worked on advocating constitutional change to recognise the history, cultures and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In 2012, Julia Gillard announced that Reconciliation Australia would lead a national movement for a referendum to enable the Constitution to include such a preamble. These actions on a whole were not helpful to reconciliation, as the report’s recommendations were turned down.

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