Our futures are bound together as Australians, as such Amnesty International is committed to reconciliation — including acknowledging the wrongs of the past, addressing current inequalities and working together for a better future.
Last year marked two significant anniversaries; Saturday 27 May 2017 was the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum in which over 90% of Australians voted to have Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people counted in Australia’s census and to give the Commonwealth government the ability to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and Saturday 3 June was the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision when the High Court of Australia overturned ‘terra nullius’.
These two significant events changed Australia for the better. However, we still have a long way to go to in addressing inequalities and reconciling the past.
Fanny Cochrane Smith #Because of Her We Can
10 Years later: The National Apology
Private: Making progress to #ChangeTheDate
Acknowledgement of Country: What does it mean to you?
‘Here lies a Revolutionary’: Lionel Fogarty
Resources for action
Private: Community is Everything resources for action
5 things about Indigenous history you probably didn’t learn in school
What does reconciliation mean to you?
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