For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.
(Prime Minister Kevin Rudd)
The national apology to the Stolen Generations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who had been forcibly removed from their families) by the Australian Prime Minister was a very moving speech (see below). It was particularly significant because of the previous Prime Minister’s refusal to apologise for the treatment of these children and their families. On the second day of parliament after his election, the Prime Minister made the long awaited apology in a widely-watched live broadcast of parliament.
I watched at a packed event at the University and like many others was moved to tears. It seemed appropriate to remember this important occasion in recognition of NAIDOC week (a national celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples).
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