Opinion

Reconciliation remains a long way off

By Marcelle Burns
June 21 2020 - 3:00am
Indigenous Australian contemporary dance company Bangarra Dance Theatre performs during the Corroboree 2000 National Reconciliation Week at the Sydney Opera House. Photo: John van Hasselt/Getty Images

The recent Reconciliation Week marks two key events in the shared history of First Peoples and other Australians. The 1967 constitutional referendum which empowered the federal government to make laws for Aboriginal peoples; and the 1992 High Court decision in Mabo v Queensland (No.2), which recognised that First Peoples traditional ownership of country survived British colonisation, and was recognised by the common law in the form of "native title".

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