Catholic indigenous leader urges Govt to say "sorry"

Prominent Aboriginal Catholic Graeme Mundine has advised the Federal Government to stop wasting time talking about saying "sorry" to indigenous Australians and to just do it.

The Catholic Leader reports National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Ecumenical Commission (NATSIEC) executive secretary Graeme Mundine said the sooner this happened the better for all concerned.

However, he said ''sorry'' had to be backed up with a commitment to improve the health and living standards of Aborigines.

Commission for Relations with Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders chairman, Archbishop of Perth Barry Hickey has supported Mr Mundine's recommendation.

Archbishop Hickey says the government should express sorrow that "terrible things happened to Aboriginal people, and continue to happen in many communities".

"In the past, I have publicly expressed sorrow for many things that happened in the Church's involvement with Aboriginal people, such as the absence of family ties, the loss of personal names, and the lack of involvement in the management of the missions," Archbishop Hickey said.

"Sorry" is essential (Catholic Leader 25/01/08)

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25 Jan 2008