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Reconciliation on the super highway



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The Hon. Robert Tickner, MP

MINISTER FOR ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER AFFAIRS

5 February 1996

Reconciliation on the super highway

A new Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation CD ROM and internet package launched today by Federal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Minister, Robert Tickner, will ensure that the latest developments in computer technology are utilised to further the reconciliation process.

Mr Tickner said that the Justice and Equity package would prove to be a major resource in promoting a more widespread understanding of the issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as educating the wider community about the reconciliation process.

Mr Tickner said that Justice and Equity is also particularly important because it contains all volumes of the reports of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. This report is an essential blueprint for reform in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and its volumes have either been out of print or difficult to obtain.

"Now with the launch of the CD ROM this important source will be more accessible than ever before."

Mr Tickner said that Justice and Equity also contains a range of other documents including the High Court's Mabo decision, The Australian Law Reform Commission's 1986 report into the recognition of Aboriginal customary law, and submissions from the Council, ATSIC and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner to the Government's Social Justice package.

In addition, all future editions of the Council's newsletter Walking Together will appear simultaneously on the internet and in paper form.

Mr Tickner said that the development of the CD ROM package recognised the increasingly important role the information super highway is playing in Australian cultural life.

"Given the fact that 1.5 million Australian households have a computer at home, nearly every Australian school has computer access and all universities are linked to the internet, getting on line is an essential step for any organisation wanting to promote social change."

Mr Tickner said that the Reconciliation CD ROM also kept pace with a range of recent Government initiatives which used modern communications technology to advance reconciliation and social justice for indigenous Australians such as the establishment of a $3.5 million National Indigenous Communications Network.

"These initiatives by the Federal Government and the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation will ensure that best use is made of communications technology to further the reconciliation process and allow indigenous people to overcome some of the economic, social and cultural barriers that they currently face in accessing mainstream media and communications," Mr Tickner said.

Mr Tickner said that the Reconciliation CD ROM will be targeted at universities, libraries across Australia, legal organisations, community organisations, State and Federal Courts and any other interested groups.

The CD ROM will be available as a free resource and also placed on the Internet. Already information relating to the program has been sent to around 6000 individuals and organisations.

Media contact:

Gary Highland, 02 545 0398; 018 628 434