The Current Situation
Tasmania is the only Australian State without a State Reconciliation Council.
Until late last year, Tasmania was the only Australian State without recognition of their First Peoples in the State Constitution. That was remedied in December 2016 by the passage of appropriate constitutional amendments through the Tasmanian Parliament.
In his Australia Day address in 2016, Premier Hodgman noted discrepancies in support to Tasmania’s approximately 25,000 Aboriginal population and avowed to ‘reset the State Governments relationship’ with Tasmania’s Aboriginal peoples.
Tasmania has now two peak bodies representing the State’s Aboriginal peoples; the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) and the Tasmanian Regional Aboriginal Communities Alliance (TRACA). There are clearly differences of opinions between these two bodies which create a sense of Indigenous division in the wider Tasmanian community. Many, if not most Tasmanians, are confused about issues like Aboriginality and Community and concerned by talk about issues like Treaty and Sovereignty.
Following our State Government’s lead in late 2016 with State constitutional recognition of the First Tasmanians, the time is now right for all Tasmanians to work together in a meaningful spirit of truth and reconciliation. The Reconciliation Council of Tasmania (RCT) is being established with that as its primary purpose.