Statements & Media Releases

December 9, 2016. The NSW Reconciliation Council and 20 Local Reconciliation Groups across New South Wales have joined together to support 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act in a submission to the Parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech.

With reference to findings from the 2016 Scanlon Foundation Mapping Social Cohesion Survey and Reconciliation Australia’s annual Reconciliation Barometer, the submission urges the Federal Government to recognise the importance of protecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in this country from racist hate speech. It emphasises that strengthening rather than depleting the power of 18C is core to progressing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and reaching a state of equality and reconciliation in Australia.

Read the submission.

December 2, 2016. The NSW Reconciliation Council has welcomed today’s response by the NSW Government to the recommendations of the Unfinished Business report into reparations for the Stolen Generations.

Read our media release.

November 28, 2016. A coalition of NSW organisations has today united to call on Premier Mike Baird to act decisively on findings from a NSW Parliamentary inquiry into reparations for survivors of the Stolen Generations in New South Wales.

The coalition, led by the NSW Reconciliation Council, comprises of 17 organisations that made submissions to the Upper House Inquiry, including the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation, and the Law Society of NSW. The organisations have written to Premier Baird urging his government to consider and act on key findings from the parliamentary committee’s report, which was handed down in June this year.

Read the joint letter.

Read our media release.

August 11, 2016. The NSW Reconciliation Council (NSWRC) and the National Trust will join forces to present a state-wide tour of award-winning artworks from this year’s NSW Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge. The sixteen artworks – which were selected as the best of more than 700 entries to NSWRC’s annual art competition – will be put on display at a series of National Trust venues around NSW.

Read the full statement here.

August 10, 2016. Today’s announcement that a referendum on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is unlikely to be held next year is the result of a profound lack of leadership by the Federal Government on this important issue.

Read the full statement here.

August 10, 2016. The NSW Reconciliation Council has today written to the Editor-In-Chief of the The Australian newspaper requesting that he apologise for publishing a racist cartoon of an Aboriginal person in the national newspaper last week.

Read the full letter here.

June 9, 2016. More than 400 people are expected to gather near Inverell on Sunday, 12 June, to commemorate the massacre of 28 Aboriginal people in the region in 1838. A memorial service, to be held at Myall Creek Memorial Hall, will remember the killing of 28 Wirrayaraay children, women and men by a group of stockmen on Myall Creek Station. The event has been organised by the Friends of Myall Creek, a local reconciliation group supported by the NSW Reconciliation Council.

Read the full media release here.

May 27, 2016.  This National Reconciliation Week, the NSW Reconciliation Council urges all Australians to reflect on the ongoing importance of reconciliation in Australia. National Reconciliation Week is held annually from 27 May – 3 June and presents Australians with an important opportunity to engage with the past, present and future of our nation’s reconciliation journey.

Read the full statement here.

May 23, 2016. A diverse group of creative Australians will gather to discuss race relations in Australia at the NSW Reconciliation Council’s “I’m Not Racist, But…” on Thursday, June 2 2016. Artist Abdul Abdullah, slam poet Luka Lesson, journalist Alex McKinnon and academic Jakelin Troy will bring their personal and professional perspectives to an interactive forum on racism, language and belonging at Sydney’s Giant Dwarf Theatre.

Read the media release here.

May 17, 2016. Today, the NSW Reconciliation Council and Reconciliation Australia sent a joint letter to NSW Premier Mike Baird, asking him to commit to state action on the findings of the inaugural State of Reconciliation in Australia report. Highlighting the successes and failures of the reconciliation journey in NSW, the letter urges the Premier to advance the cause across the state.

Read the full letter here.

April 14, 2016. Aboriginal elders, activists and local community members will gather south of Sydney on Sunday to commemorate the 200-year anniversary of the 1816 Appin Massacre. A memorial service, to be held at Cataract Dam, Appin, will remember the killing of at least 14 Dharawal Aboriginal people by British soldiers on the orders of Governor Lachlan Macquarie.

Read the media release.

April 14, 2016. Senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander figures will gather in Lawson to discuss the campaign for constitutional reform on Saturday, 30 April 2016. The NSW Reconciliation Council (NSWRC) event, Defining your future: a conversation about constitutional recognition, treaty and sovereignty, will be an autonomous discussion of the ins, outs, pros and cons of the current movement to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution.

Read the media release here.

April 1, 2016. The NSW Reconciliation Council has today written to the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Treasurer Scott Morrison and Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion, urging them to commit to ongoing, stable funding for the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples, the national representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Read the media release.

March 15, 2016. The New South Wales Reconciliation Council (NSWRC) welcomes the launch of the NSW Parliamentary Friends of Reconciliation, which marks the re-establishment of a parliamentary friendship group devoted to reconciliation in NSW.  NSWRC Director Gilly Dempsey sees the renewed bipartisan commitment to reconciliation in NSW as a positive step.  Read the media release.

March 11, 2016.  The NSW Reconciliation Council congratulates Linda Burney on her preselection as the Labor Party candidate for the federal seat of Barton.  Ms Burney previously served as Chair of the NSW State Reconciliation Committee, bringing her skills and passion to the organisation’s pursuit of justice, equity and recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Read the media release.