Fred Chaney: The Role of Community and Governement in Reconciliation and Justice

The Hon. Fred Chaney AO spoke at the 2016 Reconciliation SA AGM about “The Role of Community and Government in Reconciliation and Justice.” The full speech he gave on that evening is now available for viewing here.

Following the Reconciliation SA AGM, Fred revisited his keynote topic, with South Australian Native Title Services SANTS‘s Aboriginal Message. You can listen to the full interview here.

Why should I care about change?

When our Constitution was formed, Australia was a different place. Today, our national identity and our relationships as Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Australians greatly contrasts the ideas that were put forward in 1900.

Much of the disadvantage and inequality that is faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders stems from policies that have dictated the lives of Australia's First Peoples. With this in mind, is it fair and just that our founding document omits the very existence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders?

We say no.

Constitutional recognition is more than words on paper. By acknowledging the First Peoples of this land, we take a remarkable step forward in overcoming the injustices that face Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders today.

To learn more about inequality in our society, visit this infographic, and to learn more about Constitutional recognition, check out Recognise.