National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for Australians to stop and reflect on the unfinished business of reconciliation with Indigenous Australians. As a nation we must acknowledge the actions of the past that have brought so much pain to Indigenous Australians and we must recognise the ongoing disadvantage that they face. Tomorrow marks the twentieth anniversary of the Bringing them Home report, which revealed the horrors faced by the stolen generations. While we have come a long way since the report was tabled, we have so much more work to do.
I note that 300 Indigenous leaders from across Australia are meeting at Uluru this week to discuss the best terms for a constitutional amendment to recognise Indigenous Australians. I add my voice to the millions of Australians who have spoken up in firm support of recognising Aboriginal Australians in our Constitution and I wish all those at the first national convention all the best. I also congratulate all those celebrating National Reconciliation Week through local events and specifically in my electorate the vital work of organisations such as the Aboriginal Women's Legal Centre; the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (New South Wales), Innari Housing Inc., Marrickville Legal Centre, ANTaR Inner West and the Aboriginal Corporation for Homeless and Rehabilitation Community Services