This week marks a significant landmark in commemorating the advancement in relations between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Australians.
It is fundamentally centred on reconciliation, but with that comes acknowledgement of the need for healing, for seeking forgiveness, and for striving to continue to close the gap between our First Australians and the rest of Australia.
With the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum this past Saturday, we have a pointed reminder of both how far we have come, but also how far we need to go, how much more we have to do in striving for reconciliation.
Not just in our words, but also through actions.
Last week also saw another significant anniversary, the 20th anniversary of the Bringing Them Home report stemming from the National Inquiry into the Stolen Generation.
On Saturday we will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Mabo Decision.
In my own capacity as Member for Lingiari, I have an acute awareness of the challenges that continue to be faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
I have the privilege of knowing and working with many strong, proud and tireless Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community leaders, seeking to advance and advocate the causes of both reconciliation and more broadly to promote the interests and wellbeing of their communities.
They are carrying on the legacy of pioneers of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights movement such as the proud Gurindji man Vincent Lingiari who gives his name to my electorate.
We still have so much work to do to close the gap, in health outcomes, in educational outcomes, in child mortality and in employment outcomes.
In addition, we need to address the absurdity of unacceptably disproportionately high incarceration rates in this nation and agree to justice targets to address the disparity of treatment in the justice system between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous Australians.
Last week we witnessed an historic gathering of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at Uluru to discuss issues to do with constitutional change.
This week, we should reflect on the past, our present desire for reconciliation and the way ahead in terms of constitutional recognition, the need for reparations for members of the Stolen Generation as well as our obligation to provide for a better future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.