The new 2003 Reconciliation Report says Australia has taken significant steps towards reconciliation in the past year.
10 Feb 2004 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 23 Aug 2013 - 9:01 AM

It says inquiries into Indigenous people's living standards, developments in native-title deals and a new commitment to reduce domestic violence have led the way.

Reconciliation Australia's co-chairman, Fred Chaney, says there is a new sense of purpose in talks between governments and Indigenous groups.

"It's important, I think, to show the fact that, right through the Australian community, there are a lot of good things happening. In what I see as a fairly dark sky, there are a lot of pinpoints of light. And our job in Reconciliation Australia, and, indeed, our job as Australians generally, is to join up those points of light so that we've got a much bluer sky in the years ahead. We've still got quite a way to go, but I think the will is there. We've just got to make sure that it does translate into effective action."

Mr Chaney says there are still significant issues in native title and development, indigenous health and education, poverty and an apology over the stolen generations.