Reconciliation Week efforts praised by MP

By Benalla Ensign

Federal Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has praised the work of Indi’s Aboriginal communities, including those in Benalla, in the lead up to Sorry Day last Saturday and National Reconciliation Week (May 27 to June 3).

Ms McGowan said she appreciated the leadership shown by Aboriginal communities in the many initiatives across North East Victoria promoting reconciliation.

‘‘Sorry Day is held on May 26 each year to acknowledge and recognise members of the Stolen Generations,’’ Ms McGowan said.

National Reconciliation Week will mark the 51st anniversary of the 1967 Referendum and 26 years since the Mabo decision.

Ms McGowan said the work of the Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition Relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (JSCCR) would make a contribution towards reconciliation.

She is also a member of the committee, which is receiving submissions at a series of hearings across the country throughout May and June.

‘‘I am pleased that many from Indi’s Aboriginal communities have taken up the opportunity to make a submission to the committee,’’ she said.

‘‘There is still time to make a submission before the closing date on June 11 and further details can be found at

‘‘The committee will recommend options for constitutional and legislative change, which meet the expectations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and secure the support of all Australians.’’