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Monday, 29 May 2000
Page: 16495

The following notices were given:


Mr Anderson to present a bill for an act to amend the law relating to transport, and for related purposes.


Dr Lawrence to move:

That this House:

(1) recognises the importance of preserving our military history and heritage for future generations;

(2) applauds the work of the volunteers and returned service men and women in promoting and preserving our military heritage; and

(3) calls on the Government to retain in public ownership sites of significance for our military heritage and history, for example, the Fremantle Artillery Barracks and associated Army Museum.


Mr Beazley to move:

That this House:

(1) congratulates the many thousands of Australians who walked in support of reconciliation on 28 May 2000 in Sydney and elsewhere;

(2) acknowledges this clear and unequivocal public expression of support for the process of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians; and

(3) calls on the Government to respond positively to the clear and unequivocal public support demonstrated on the weekend of 27-28 May 2000 for a national apology for injustices suffered by indigenous Australians as a result of past practices, including the removal of children from their parents.


Mr Beazley to move:

That this House, on behalf of all Australians:

(1) expresses its sorrow and apologises unreservedly for the hurt, grief and suffering experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples over many generations as a result of the policies of Australian governments over time that have caused or allowed the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their parents, families and communities;

(2) acknowledges and apologises for the fact that the history of European settlement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands has been marked by many indefensible wrongs inflicted on the lives, cultures and heritage of indigenous peoples over time; and

(3) reaffirms its commitment to the goals and processes of true reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians across Australia.