Here’s an article I wrote for Crikey.com.au…
Re-imagining reconciliation: where to next?
National Reconciliation Week took on a particular significance this year as it coincided with Mabo Day and the 20th anniversary of the High Court Mabo decision.
Perhaps it is timely then, given the Mabo decision and its links to the reconciliation movement, to re-evaluate where reconciliation has brought us as a nation, what advances have been made, and the eternal question: where to next?
This year Reconciliation Week began on the 45th anniversary of the 1967 referendum that saw Australian’s vote to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as citizens in this country. It is always a stark reminder for me that for the first 29 years of his life, my father was considered flora and fauna, not as a human being who is a citizen of this country.