Reconciliation in Parliament

Reconciliation in Parliament is a program of events that have been hosted by Reconciliation NSW and held at 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. The Reconciliation in Parliament series has profiled a number of key issues in NSW, such as youth incarceration, stolen wages, housing, healing through language and culture, and treaty and agreement making.

Past Reconciliation in Parliament events:

Reconciliation in Parliament 2018 – 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.  The Host, Professor Larissa Behrendt, Professor University of Technology Sydney and Director of Research at Jumbunna Institute of Indigenous Education and Research spoke with panelists: 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; James Christian, CEO, NSW Aboriginal Land Council. This was recorded as part of Speaking Out with Larissa Behrendt.

Reconciliation in Parliament 2016 – Justice Reinvestment in NSW

Reconciliation in Parliament 2015  – Aboriginal healing through languages and culture. The panellists 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.

Reconciliation in Parliament 2011 – The Changing Face of Redfern

Reconciliation in Parliament 2009 – Tranby: A Success Story in Education and Reconciliation

Reconciliation in Parliament 2007 – Aboriginal Housing

Reconciliation in Parliament 2021 – 250 Years of Epidemics: A Case of Resilience for the First Peoples of NSW. A focussed panel discussion on the concept of truth telling about our shared history, with a historical look at epidemics and disease in NSW (from first contact through more recent protectionist history), into the present, highlighting what works to improve the socio-cultural determinants of health (COVID 19 community responses as an example of success and self-determination).

The Parliamentary host for the event is The Hon. Trevor Khan MLC (NSW Nationals).  With Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MLC (NSW Labor) he hosts the Parliamentary Friends of Reconciliation group, currently made up of 23+ MPs from all sides of politics.

Moderator: Dr. Summer May Finlay (Yorta Yorta). The Panel: Associate professor Megan Williams, Assistant Director and Research Lead, National Centre for Cultural Competence, Sydney University (Wiradjuri); Dr. Peter Malouf, Executive Director of Operations, Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council for NSW (Wakka Wakka and Wuli Wuli); Robert Cooley, Senior Ranger, Gamay Botany Bay Rangers ( La Perouse community member with connections to South Coast of NSW).

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