The Australian government’s failure to deliver on reconciliation measures demanded in the Uluru Statement of the Heart continues to evoke anger and disappointment, a new report says.
The 2021 State of Reconciliation report says Australia is at a tipping point in the reconciliation process and demands a shift from “safe” to “brave” actions to ensure further progress.
It draws on interviews and data sourced from First Nations organisations, leaders and the community.
Reconciliation Australia chief executive Karen Mundine said there remains a gap to bridge to continue progress towards reconciliation in Australia.
“Actions must involve truth-telling and actively addressing issues of systemic racism and instances where the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are ignored, denied or reduced,” she said.
The Uluru Statement from the Heart outlined calls for a constitutionally-enshrined Voice to Parliament and the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
The report said there remains “anger and exasperation” in the community at the government’s failure to deliver on these calls.
The Australian government has decided against enshrining such a Voice to Parliament and has stalled its promise to deliver on constitutional recognition.