24 May 2016 Aboriginal affairs
South Australia has taken a significant step in its reconciliation journey by becoming a formal campaign partner of the national RECOGNISE campaign.
Premier Jay Weatherill and Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher have signed a Charter embedding South Australia’s commitment to reconciliation and the cultural authority of Aboriginal people.
Premier Jay Weatherill said South Australia is a leader in reconciliation, and it will continue to influence the national debate based on experiences in our own state.
Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher said along with the state’s Stolen Generations apology and reparations scheme, the State Government has also launched Reconciliation Action Plans across government agencies, and have introduced a new Aboriginal Regional Authorities policy to support Aboriginal governance across the state.
RECOGNISE Joint Campaign Director Tanya Hosch said the commitment, leadership and public support shown by the South Australian Government would help continue to build momentum towards constitutional recognition. This will add even further value to the on-the-ground community support the RECOGNISE campaign has always appreciated from South Australia.
RECOGNISE Campaign Ambassador Adam Goodes said it was great to see his home state dedicated to recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and dealing with the racial discrimination in the Constitution.
RECOGNISE is part of Reconciliation Australia, and calls for recognition of Aboriginal people in the Australian Constitution, as well as the removal of all references that enable the Australian Government to pass laws that are detrimental to a particular race.
In 2013, Aboriginal people were recognised as the state’s first peoples in the South Australian Constitution. This built on Parliament’s apology to South Australian members of the Stolen Generations in 1997, and paved the way for the State Government’s $11 million Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme, which opened on March 31.
For more information on the RECOGNISE campaign, visit www.recognise.org.au