Today (13 Feb 2008), Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has read an apology to the Stolen Generations in parliament, for the suffering and loss inflicted on indigenous Australians by past governments.
(Picture: Stuart McEvoy, The Australian)
Thousands gather at Melbourne’s Federation Square to watch Prime Minister Kevin Rudd make an apology to indigenous Australians.
I don’t want people to say sorry. I just want them to understand the hurt, what happened when we were initially separated, and just understand the society, what they’ve done….You don’t belong in either world. I can’t explain it. It hurts so much.”
— Faye Lyman
(Left her Father at 8, extracted from the Many Voices oral history, National Library of Australia)
BERNO: I applaud both sides of politics and the courageous Australian public to make this important step toward national healing. Go Aussies! I reckon the new Labour government heralds a genuine fair dinkun beginning for Australia!