Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Rudd apologizes to Australian indigenous people
We watched (on TV) the speech at Parliament this morning and the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd is a statesman in the making. It was a fine, well-considered speech of apology for the impact upon the 'Stolen Generation' taken from their parents in the 40s to 60s. It is a new beginning in the process of reconciliation. It has taken a long time for someone from Parliament to say 'Sorry' and this was bi-partison with the motion seconded by the leader of the Opposition, though a couple of points raised by the latter were not appreciated as some people from the Aboriginal community turned their backs, a sign of disagreement. Still a lot of work to do.
Later Kevin Rudd embraced an elderly woman whose story he had told during his speech.
Listen to the speech here via Youtube.