General Synod noting:

a) that 2007 marks the tenth anniversary of the National Inquiry Report into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families, Bringing Them Home, of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (National Inquiry Report), and

b) that the Commonwealth Government in its response agreed to implement 17 of the 54 recommendations of the National Inquiry Report,

calls upon the Commonwealth Government as a matter of urgency:

c) to make a public report as to the progress in the implementation of those 17 recommendations, and to provide any further funding and resources necessary to fully implement those recommendations;

d) to implement recommendation 5 of the National Inquiry Report by making an official apology to indigenous individuals, families and communities for the laws, policies and practices of their predecessors of forcible removal; and

e) to implement the remaining recommendations of the National Inquiry Report, and to provide the funding and resources necessary to fully implement those recommendations,

and requests the General Secretary to send a letter conveying this resolution to the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Garth Blake SC moved, Mr Theo Mackaay seconding, 23 Oct 2007