These are just some cliches/truisms that perhaps we can keep in our mind when thinking about Aboriginal policy.Everything old is new again! What goes around comes around! You need to understand the past to deal with the future!
I was at a business breakfast this morning, where Dr Dawn Casey was a keynote speaker. She urged us to re-visit the Royal Commission of the 1980s, as there is much that we can learn and understand. Perhaps we don't need new reports, let's just go back to the Royal Commission into Black Deaths in Custody and the Bringing Them Home Report. Both reports' recommendations were not fully implemented.
These two reports really do give us a lot of understanding. Why not check them out for yourselves -
- Royal Commission Into Aboriginal Deaths In Custody (RCIADIC) 1991
- Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission's Report into the Forced Separation of Aboriginal Children from their families (1997)