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National Sorry Day

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National Sorry Day

Tuesday, 26 May 2015 Media release

Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has acknowledged National Sorry Day continues to be a significant day in the life of all Australians, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

National Sorry Day marks the anniversary of the tabling in Federal Parliament of the Bringing Them Home Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, on 26 May 1997.

The report found that between one-tenth and one-third of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were removed from their homes during the years in which forcible removal laws operated. It highlighted the devastating affect these policies had on individuals, their families and their communities.

“It’s important we continue to acknowledge the impacts suffered by the Stolen Generation, but also to celebrate the resilience and achievements of Indigenous people,” Minister Scullion said.

“I commend the many individuals and organisations who have organised events to honour those families impacted by the policies of removal of children from their families.

“I want to mark today by restating the government’s ongoing commitment to improve the circumstances of Indigenous Australians.”

The 2015 budget goes a long way in closing the Gap. It delivers $4.9 billion for the Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy which is reforming Indigenous Affairs to get adults into work, children to school and make communities safer.

“The Australian Government is continuing to ensure the significant investment through National Partnership Agreements is focused on results,” Minister Scullion said.

“This builds upon existing achievements with Indigenous communities, ensuring that policies and programmes meet the priorities and needs of communities, rather than imposing one-size-fits-all solutions.

“It is only by effectively engaging with and responding to the needs of communities, that we can make the real improvements that are required to Close the Gap.”