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Tuesday, 4 April 2000
Page: 15195


Mr SPEAKER —The following message from the Senate has been received:

The Senate transmits to the House of Representatives the following resolution, which was agreed to by the Senate this day:

That in the opinion of the Senate, the following is a matter of urgency:

The need for the Australian Government to acknowledge that there exists stolen generations of indigenous Australians, that generation after generation of indigenous children were stolen from their families, and that the Government must act on its expression of deep and sincere regret for the injustices suffered under the practices of past generations by moving to ease the hurt and trauma that many indigenous peoples continue to feel as a consequence of those practices.

The Senate requests the concurrence of the House of Representatives in this resolution.

Ordered that the message be taken into consideration at the next sitting.