Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Social Justice Commissioner leader, addressed the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference this week in Sidney. Mick Gooda is a descendent of the Gangulu people of central Queensland.
Gooda said that since 1972, the Catholic Church had said that Aboriginal people’s rights to land, employment, housing, education, and are all paramount rights.
Commissioner Gooda spoke about the apology expressed by the national Parliament, which acknowledged past mistakes, (such as taking Aboriginal children from their families and putting them with white families) and promised to make steps toward a reconciled Australian future.
“This is a journey that moves us along the road to freedom and human dignity which Australia owes her people. It is about looking forward and moving forward as a nation. It is a journey that can help build healthy relationships, necessary for an agenda of hope”, said Gooda.
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