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Peter Costello

Treasurer

11 March 1996 - 3 December 2007

Transcript of 3/12/00

Transcript No. 2000/111

TRANSCRIPT
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THE HON PETER COSTELLO MP
Treasurer

Doorstop
Melbourne
Sunday 3 December 2000
10.30 am

SUBJECTS: Aboriginal reconciliation

JOURNALIST:

Mr Costello it’s a very important day, how important is this for the path to reconciliation?

TREASURER:

Oh look I think it’s been a great day, a lot of people have turned out to show that they’re in favour of reconciliation. That they want to put an end to division and support friendship between indigenous and non-indigenous people. I think it’s been a happy day.

JOURNALIST:

And what’s the next step now politically? There’s talk now, its really now in Government hands to do something.

TREASURER:

Well I think the important thing is to keep that sense of goodwill and to ensure that there’s unity and the debate doesn’t polarise between extremists on the left and extremists on the right. And to make sure that we go forward, particularly with practical reconciliation. There’s still so much to be done in areas of health and housing and improving living standards for indigenous people. That this is where a Government can make a very direct contribution.

JOURNALIST:

So it’s a very important step, but a long way to go.

TREASURER:

Look this is a step. The public says that it’s in favour of reconciliation but it’s still a question of improving conditions on the ground, practical reconciliation in relation to health, housing, standards of living.