In the late 1980s politicians cited the ignorance of the general populace as one of

the main reasons for favouring a reconciliation initiative with a strong ‘educational’

remit over a formal treaty. This chapter evaluates the CAR’s impact upon the

attitudes of non-indigenous Australians. In particular it examines the CAR’s claim

that the enduring legacy of its educational approach is an unstoppable ‘people’s

movement for reconciliation’. When one considers the qualitative and quantitative

social research conducted on behalf of the CAR, however, it becomes clear that the

CAR has had little impact on the attitudes of non-indigenous Australians and that

broad support is only present when reconciliation is defined without reference to key

indigenous aspirations to land and redress for the Stolen Generations.