'RECONCILIATION AUSTRALIA: Psychological Perspectives', a public forum hosted by CASSE with the aim of generating a new, psychological dialogue about reconciliation in Australia, was held in Melbourne on Saturday 7 September and enjoyed a great turnout.
The response to the internationally-renowned panel of speakers, and to the challenging subject matter and discussions, was overwhlemingly positive. Comments included:
"A fascinating diversity of world-class, internationally respected intellects/practitioners"
"A thoughtful, intelligent and soundly based opportunity to reflect on dimensions of a challenging, important process for us all in this country."
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Some of the highlights:
Lord John Alderdice - "Culture is to community what personality is to the indivdual."
Professor Marcia Langton - "Reconciliation hasn't done its job until we can deal frankly, openly and honestly with injustices."
Professor Stuart Twemlow - "The fighting spirit has to come out... The spirit that says, 'this can't go on'. Let's start fighting in a constructive way that may set the scene for later reconciliation."
Professor Ian Anderson - "One of the more challenging emotional and psychological projects within the broader reconciliation project is how we might find a true connection and forgiveness within our families with our white relatives."
John Liddle and Des Rogers on CASSE's partnership with the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress:
John Liddle - "We try to get across that violence is a bad thing. There are other ways. We can be respectful and loving of each other."
Des Rogers - "We've done a lot of talk. Now it is time for action."
And the biggest surprise of the day? The reunion between Lord Alderdice and Aaron Paterson, whose shared ancestor was John King, the sole survivor of the Burke and Wills Expedition.
Thank you to all who attended and participated in this important event. We look forward to building on the foundations laid during this publc forum.