The Australian Greens today join with fellow Australians to recognise National Sorry Day, acknowledging the past hurt caused to Aboriginal people and renewing calls for their Stolen Generations Repatriation Bill to receive multilateral support in the Senate.
“Today we recognise and remember a tragic part of Australia’s history and hope future Australian Governments will continue to move away from past mistakes,” Australian Greens Indigenous Affairs Spokesperson Rachel Siewert said today.
“The Bringing them home report reminds us of the strength of many thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people affected by forcible removal and today we remember and lament all the children who will never come home,” Senator Siewert said.
"The Greens' Bill to deliver reparations to the Stolen Generations remains available to be acted upon by any Government with the political will to right the wrongs of the past and move forward.
“Action is essential to ensure the true meaning behind the Australian Government’s Formal Apology to the Stolen Generation is not lost.
“To truly move away from the past, we need to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people around the country, in a number of different facets of life.
“Many basic life needs, such as housing, access to health services and employment opportunities are not being met, despite calls from so many communities that they be given the chance and opportunity to grow and improve.
“Despite Government sentiments about these issues, vast discrepancies remain in the accessibility of health services and life expectancy through Aboriginal communities.
“Negative policies in the form of the continuing Northern Territory intervention and planned expansion of punitive income management provisions show a Government with a lack of vision on these issues.
“The Australian Greens continue to put forward legislation such as the Stolen Generations Repatriation Bill, and develop policies which pursue positive action to support communities across our nation,” Senator Siewert concluded.