Reconciliation Australia has released its landmark report, The State of Reconciliation in Australia, the first report of its kind since the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation handed its final report to Parliament in 2000.
The Report offers a strong vision and shared language from which to imagine a reconciled nation in the future across five interrelated dimensions of reconciliation; race relations, equality and equity, institutional integrity, unity and historical acceptance.
The 2016 Barometer tells us that since 2014 an increasing number of Australians are proud of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and believe these cultures are important to Australia’s identity as a nation.
Almost all Australians continue to view the relationship between each other as important and many believe that it is possible that all Australians can be united.
The Barometer findings reveal that the majority of Australians maintain positive attitudes towards reconciliation. However, disappointingly, there is significant evidence that these positive attitudes have yet to translate into improved behaviours across a wide range of sectors in Australian society, including the workplace, law-enforcement agencies, and the education and community sectors.
More Australians, both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and other Australians, now agree that Australia is a racist country.