Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt defended the history of the Coalition on Indigenous issues as he launched a book on national reconciliation by Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg. Source: The Australian.
In the book, published by the PM Glynn Institute at Australian Catholic University, Senator Bragg calls for a referendum on an Indigenous “voice to parliament” in the next term of government.
Mr Wyatt said it was wrong to suggest Coalition governments did not take Indigenous issues seriously, noting the 1967 referendum to include Aboriginal people in the census was championed by the Holt government despite being controversial at the time.
Mr Wyatt, who is pushing to legislate a “voice to government” that would act as an advisory body on Indigenous issues, said there was growing community support for policies that tackle the disadvantages faced by Aboriginal people.
Senator Bragg’s book, Buraadja: The liberal case for national reconciliation, argues the adoption of the full recommendations from the Uluru Statement from the Heart had been stymied by “misrepresentations and falsehoods” and Australia could not achieve true reconciliation without giving Indigenous people input on the laws governing their lives.
Senator Bragg undertook this work as a visiting fellow at the PM Glynn Institute as a contribution to the Institute’s Indigenous Public Policy Program.
He offers some practical suggestions for remembering Australia’s history, listening to Indigenous people, and planning for the future.
The Glynn Institute commissioned the book as part of its commitment to encouraging discussion about the future of Indigenous public policymaking in Australia.
ACU Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Zlatko Skrbis said that Senator Bragg had made an innovative contribution to our efforts to rethink what reconciliation means in 21st century Australia.
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