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This Sorry Day Tony Abbott must recommit to truly being the ‘Prime Minister for Indigenous Affairs’

Today is National Sorry Day and we should not only reflect on progress made in reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, but also how far we have to go, said Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert.

 "Today is National Sorry Day, where we take time to remember the Stolen Generations and work towards healing the damage caused by forcible removals of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

 "We should all take time today to remember and strongly recommit to the Stolen Generations.

 "There remains unfinished business, there still hasn't been reparations and the impacts of removal are still being felt.

 “More than ever, many feel left behind.

 "Disadvantage is still huge and Government policies are exacerbating disadvantage rather than removing it.

 "We are moving further away from Closing the Gap as the Federal Government rolls out reduced and fractured funding under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy.

 "In Western Australia our State Government is trying to close remote Aboriginal communities, we still have deaths in custody and a disproportionate number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our prisons.

 "We can do so much better than this, we are a caring society and Australian’s are proud of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture.

"This Sorry Day I urge Tony Abbott to reaffirm his title as ‘Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs’ and look at the unimplemented recommendations of the Bringing Them Home report to address unfinished business”.

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