The Australian Greens say this year's National Sorry Day provides Australians with the opportunity to both reflect on the past and look forward to important new campaigns to deliver on the spirit and intent of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues and Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt, MP for Melbourne are commemorating Sorry Day in Melbourne today.
"The launch of the Journey to Recognition is very exciting and signals the start of what is being described as an ‘epic relay' across Australian as part of building momentum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our Constitution," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said today.
"People will be able to join in this journey around Australia and work together to build awareness and support for Constitutional Recognition. This is a very important issue for the Australian Greens and so it is great to be in Melbourne today.
"Being Sorry Day, it is poignant that as we take the exciting first steps of the Journey to Recognition we also remember those people affected through the Stolen Generations. There's a lot of work for us still to do as a nation in order to deliver on the spirit of the National Apology.
"The Australian Greens are calling for both older parties to make a commitment to implementing the fifty remaining unfulfilled recommendations of the Bringing Them Home report. It is important that our governments work harder to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal people, including practical measures to overcome the sad legacy of the Stolen Generations," Senator Siewert concluded.
"The Greens have worked hard in the current Parliament to progress the issue of constitutional recognition," Mr Bandt said today.
"Like many of our fellow Australians, I want to see us write the first chapter of our national story into our founding document. Constitutional Recognition is another important step towards lasting and meaningful change in our society.
"It up to us all to build on the existing popular support for constitutional changes so we can a lock in a referendum date," Mr Bandt concluded.