These are just some cliches or truisms that perhaps we can keep in our mind when thinking about Aboriginal policy. 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.
In the end neither of the reports’ recommendations were fully implemented, nor were they every aimed at educators as educator resources. However they provide a great deal of clarity around the range of social, cultural, education, economic, legal, political and historical issues that are faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and communities. Both reports are useful for educators, health professionals, and people in the legal profession.
The reports have been archived online, and you can access them for free: