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Queensland Parliament marks Reconciliation Week 2008, 3 June 2008

The Queensland Parliament marked Reconciliation Week 2008 with a screening of the documentary film, ‘The Apology’ on Tuesday, 3 June.

The event, hosted by Speaker Mike Reynolds, was attended by local Elders, Indigenous community members and members of the Stolen Generations.

‘The Apology’ documentary was produced by Reconciliation Australia and provides a behind the scenes look at the events leading up to the Federal Government’s national apology which was delivered by the Prime Minister on 13 February 2008.

Following the film’s screening, Mr Reynolds reflected on the emotional story that it depicted and encouraged all schools to screen the film.

"The day of the national apology, 13 February 2008, is one of the proudest days in the history of our nation," Mr Reynolds said.

"I hope that this film can be seen by all Australians and that the hard work that has produced such true and genuine reconciliation continues.

Mr Reynolds called upon Australia’s political parties to work together in order to close the gap in Indigenous health.

"We desperately need bipartisanship on this issue and I call upon the parties to put the politics aside for the sake of improving Indigenous health.

Mr Reynolds noted that the Parliament’s screening of ‘The Apology’ had occurred on the 16th anniversary of the High Court of Australia’s historic Mabo decision which ruled that native title to land is recognised by the common law of Australia.

Mr Reynolds also spoke of attending the recent ceremony at James Cook University in Townsville where the library was renamed in honour of Eddie Koiki Mabo, whose lifelong struggle had resulted in the High Court’s verdict.

National Reconciliation Week was initiated in 1996 to provide a special focus for nationwide reconciliation activities.

Apology Film Screening