Robert Hawke
1983-1991

My government accepts the Barunga statement calling for a treaty and gives in principle support to a framework for advancing a process of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and the wider community. We will establish a Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation with an aim of creating a Treaty by 1990.

The Hawke Government reneged on its pledge to the Aboriginal people in the face of political pressure.

Indigenous perspective

At last the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody has been released. Maybe we will find the truth about Uncle Eddie. And all the others. After all this time someone is taking our complaints seriously.