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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage


27 May 2000

Stone Supports Corroboree 2000


National Reconciliation Week kicks off on Saturday with Corroboree 2000, a series of special cultural events culminating in the People's Walk for Reconciliation on Sunday.

The Government's Representative on the Reconciliation Council, Dr Sharman Stone MP, said that Corroboree 2000 was a unique opportunity for all Australians, indigenous and non-indigenous, to celebrate their shared history and move forward together.

Dr Stone an anthropologist, with early published works on Australian race relations, reflected on her time as a member of the Council saying it had been a time of great challenges and real learning.

"Corroboree 2000 represents the climax of a decade's work by the Council. It includes a host of special ceremonial and cultural events and public activities that aim to strengthen the understanding and bonds between all Australians."

Dr Stone said the Council's Australian Declaration Towards Reconciliation and accompanying strategies would be symbolically handed over to Australians on Saturday at the Opera House.

A ceremonial gathering of indigenous and non indigenous community and political leaders, including the Prime Minister, State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers, would join with the rest of the community in demonstrating a commitment to Reconciliation.

"The Declaration is an inspirational document - a people's document that sets out the hopes and aspirations for our community as we move forward in the spirit of reconciliation".

Corroboree 2000 concludes on Sunday with a "people's walk" from North Sydney to Darling Harbour.

"I am looking forward to joining thousands of Sydneysiders, Council members and my daughter in walking across the Harbour Bridge on Sunday morning to celebrate the Reconciliation process," Sharman Stone said.

The Aboriginal Council for Reconciliation was established by a bipartisan Act of Parliament in 1991 to promote reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the wider Australian community by the year 2001.

Further information about Corroboree 2000 and the People's Walk for Reconciliation is available on line at www.reconciliation.org.au. In addition, SBS Television will broadcast the weekend's proceedings live across the nation.

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