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Monday, 26 May 2003
Page: 14849


Mr ORGAN (1:45 PM) —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That this House:

(1) commemorate the passing of Sorry Day and the journey of healing on 26 May 2003 and recognise the national significance of this day;

(2) recognise the passing of Reconciliation Week from 27 to 31 May 2003;

(3) recognise that the journey of healing is working to heal the wounds resulting from the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families, a practice pursued by Australian governments throughout most of last century;

(4) recognise that the 1997 Bringing them home report revealed the immense harm done by forced removal of Indigenous children from their families and culture and that current governments have a responsibility to address the harm caused to those directly affected as well as to generations following; and

(5) call upon the Prime Minister to say sorry to the Indigenous people of this nation on behalf of the non-Indigenous community in order to prove that, collectively, we recognise the harm which has been done to those individuals and families and that, now and in the future, all Australians will commit to the meaningful reconciliation of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia.