|Australian Parliament progresses Reconciliation between Australia's Indigenous and non-Indigenous people by tendering a formal apology for the hurt caused by past government policies. Left Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. A historical moment for Australia and the whole world. WE LEARN FROM OTHERS ! Quantum leap in human consciousness.|
Dateline: 13 February 2008
By Violi Calvert
Photo collage from Sydney Morning Herald
|Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd|
Australians gathered in
With this formal apology, the current Federal Parliament sought to heal the pain suffered by Aboriginal families whose children were forcibly taken from them and the ill-treatment by the Indigenous people as a result of state-sanctioned policies.
Let me share with you excerpts from Mr Rudd's speech:
Today we honour the indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history. We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were stolen generations - this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.
...For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.
...To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.
...We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians. A future where the Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again...
I am sharing this with CROWN readers in the hope that we, as citizens of the world, learn from each other’s mistakes, and that collectively and individually we do our bit in preventing social injustice and promoting world peace.
[Full text of Mr Rudd's speech can be found on:
Formatted for CROWN by Marko Puljić