Prominent Yolngu man welcomes PM's comments on colonisationPosted on October 01, 2014
Dr Djiniyini Gondarra from north-east Arnhem Land has written an open letter to Tony Abbott, expressing his gratitude for the Prime Minister's acknowledgement of the terrible impacts British settlement has had on Indigenous people.
In the letter, Dr Gondarra (pictured) expressed his "sincere gratitude" for the Prime Minister's courage in his public acknowledgement.
"It is of extreme importance to us that we now work together for better outcomes and this can happen when a Prime Minister is prepared, as you have been, to recognise the pain and suffering that has taken place," said Dr Gondarra.
"This is a beginning point and we thank you for it very sincerely."
On his recent trip to Yolngu country, the Prime Minister spoke to British newspaper The Telegraph about the damage British invasion has had on Indigenous people.
He described impacts as "all bad" and admitted to a history of disease, dispossession, discrimination and wanton murder.
Mr Abbott also spoke of recognition of Indigenous people in the constitution, but couldn't reveal a date, only to say the 2016 Federal election was not an appropriate time.
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