State of Reconciliation in Australia released in new report

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Reconciliation Australia have released The State of Reconciliation in Australia Report, which examines the state of reconciliation in Australia today. The report uses a five dimensional framework of reconciliation to measure and analyse Australia’s progress over this time and set out a roadmap for a reconciled Australia. The intention is to spark a renewed national conversation about how, over the next 25 years, we can move towards becoming a reconciled, just and equitable Australia.

There is a national conversation taking place about our shared identity, and increasing support for national reconciliation throughout Australian society. However, there are still many hard conversations before us,” said Reconciliation Australia CEO Justin Mohamed

The Report finds that almost all Australians (86 per cent) believe the relationship between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians is important. Yet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples still experience high levels of racial prejudice and discrimination, and trust between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians remains unacceptably low.

“As a nation of peoples, we don’t always agree on the impacts of the past, and what we can do to change this in the future. This Report provides a clear blueprint for a reconciled Australia in which we can all equally participate,” Mr Mohamed said.

The Report includes a series of recommendations to advance Australia towards reconciliation. These include, but are not limited to, zero tolerance for racism, renewed focus on Closing the Gap, and reaffirmed recognition and respect for the rights of First Australians.

We all have a lot to gain from progressing reconciliation,” Mr Mohamed said. “Until we achieve reconciliation, Australia will fall short of its full potential as a nation.”

For more information please visit the Reconciliation Australia website.

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