Reconciliation in Parliament
Reconciliation in Parliament has been taking place annually in the NSW Parliament since 2006. The program aims to continue the NSW Parliament’s bi-partisan commitment to reconciliation.
The events provide an opportunity for parliamentarians to hear the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on issues that affect them, and to provide a forum for positive dialogue. Developed as a partnership between ANTaR NSW and Reconciliation NSW, the Reconciliation in Parliament series has profiled a number of key issues in NSW, such as youth incarceration, stolen wages and housing.
This years event is Treaty and agreement making options for NSW. The Uluru Statement from the Heart called for a Makarrata Commission that would drive treaty and agreement making. Treaty-making has been clearly and consistently communicated as a significant aspiration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and a reflection of rights to sovereignty and self-determination. Indigenous experts discuss what a treaty might look like in NSW and what agreement making actually means for government and community.
• Anthony McAvoy SC, Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional owner, Senior Counsel and Native Title Law Expert
• Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner
• Dr Maria Bargh, Head of Te Kawa a Maui School of Maori Studies
• Professor Larissa Behrendt, Professor University of Technology Sydney and
Director of Research at Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research
• James Christian, CEO, NSW Aboriginal Land Council
In 2015 the Reconciliation in Parliament event was a panel discussion and Q&A session on the topics of language, culture and healing. The panelists were the Hon Leslie Williams MP, NSW Minister for Aboriginal Affairs; the Hon Linda Burney MP, Deputy Opposition Leader; Aden Ridgeway from The Healing Foundation; Diane McNaboe, Wiradjuri language teacher and expert; and Shane Philips, from the Tribal Warrior Association.