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Media Release Minister for Indigenous Affairs Senator the Hon. Nigel Scullion Leader of the Nationals in the Senate Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory

Thursday, 13 February 2014

National Apology » to Indigenous People « anniversary »

“Today’s « anniversary » of the National « Apology » to Indigenous People is a timely reminder of the historic day,” Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, said.

“The « apology » was a moving experience for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and it is fitting that this important « anniversary » is acknowledged.

“I saw the profound effect the « Apology » had on my close friends and I was left in no doubt that it was no empty gesture.

“The « Apology » was a deeply moving experience that allowed people to grieve and commence the journey forward - together, with all Australians.

“Whilst there is much to be proud of there is still cause for great concern, as highlighted by yesterday’s Closing the Gap Report.

“I am focused on securing better outcomes for First Australians; getting children to school; getting adults into meaningful work; creating safer communities; and, achieving constitutional recognition.

“A successful referendum to recognise the First Australians in our Constitution would be another historic, unifying moment for our country.

“The « Apology is a moment to be proud of. But we will not have achieved true reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people until they too are able to have the same choices and opportunity that other Australians enjoy.”

Media contact: Russel Guse 0438 685 645