This idea and its expression—Close the Gap—had grown out of efforts led by Indigenous and non-Indigenous health organisations working together with non-government groups like Oxfam. There were plenty of false starts and near misses, much division and rancour. It’s not doing anything for me, it wont’ give back my years. Newspoll 1, votes , 3: Fred Chaney, the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs in the Fraser Government and on the Board of Reconciliation Australia, Father Frank Brennan and others impressed upon me the need to continue to pursue bipartisan support for the Apology.
Matilda told the story of Billy Clements, an Aboriginal man who had come to the opening of the old Parliament House dressed in an old suit, barefoot and dogs at his side. You can order a free copy at www. Mr Rudd said he “played by instinct” all the way through the occasion and chose not to react to “all of the negative things” Dr Nelson said in his reply speech, but resisted. From the 19th century until the s—dates very similar to Australia’s own history—more than , Aboriginal children were required to attend state-funded schools in an attempt to assimilate them into Canadian society  and the purpose of “killing the indian in the child”. All through January I was collecting ideas for the speech that Kevin would ultimately give.
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We had decided to include an apology for damage done by laws and policies of successive parliaments, as well as the Apology to the Stolen Generations. Oomera had been removed from her family in at five-months old, and sent to Cootamundra Girls Home. One anxiety of the officials who look after the formal opening was that there may be a smoking ceremony inside. The meetings with the National Sorry Day Committee and the Stolen Generations Alliance were intense in the following week with much feedback coming from their consultations.
This is a good example how a different question can, in the same poll, skew the responses. There was a concern—which I came up against regularly—that the prevailing politics of the time did not lend itself to generous symbolic gestures to Aboriginal people. Rudd also uses repetition when he lists all of the apologies he must make on behalf of the country. To me, our Prime Minister’s apology is saying to my granny and the thousands like her, their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, that we understand your pain and we acknowledge this long-ignored chapter in our history.
The acknowledgement of the prior ownership of the land by Aboriginal people and the paying of respect to elders had become an increasing feature of public events. Police took exception to Clements and told him to clear off.
I was determined to do what I could to get bipartisan agreement.
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We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history. Inthe National Sorry Day Esday was established by Indigenous and non-Indigenous community leaders on the first anniversary of the sodry of Bringing Them Home—which had recommended that a National Sorry Day be observed annually.
He moved a motion in the Parliament that acknowledged the immense trauma inflicted on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as a result of the separation of children from their families—and offered an unreserved apology.
It is impossible to convey in words how cathartic the recent days have been. Rudd said publicly to Nelson: The Welcome would be delivered by local Aboriginal elder Matilda House, a much-loved person at Parliament House events. Coolamons have carried our children. Should students stop classes to watch Kevin Rudd’s apology on TV? I realised what a big risk we were taking, and what a big decision it was to have the Apology on the first day of the new Parliament.
It is a very emotional time and I’m so pleased that he has said sorry. Kevin had announced this idea while we were still in Opposition back in June on the Sunday program with Laurie Oakes. Labor leaders had promised an apology before. The first person I spoke with gudds Mick Dodson.
The organisational effort to deliver the events surrounding the Apology was enormous. The first Sorry Day took place one year after the tabling of The Bringing Them Home Report in Parliament and having a day of commemoration was actually one of the recommendations within the report.
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In my heart I feel there is a real need for [the apology] The event was held in the Members Hall, the formal meeting place between the two Houses of Parliament. It’s difficult to know, given many records prior to the early 90s were destroyed or kept erratically, but in there were only 2, Indigenous kids in out-of-home care.
These features combine amongst other elements to form a cohesive, formal speech. For thousands of years, our people have spech this protocol.
Most Aboriginal Leaders immediately agreed to the date. I also took Kevin through the proposal for a Welcome to Country ceremony. From children, it has stolen love, and family; language and culture; land and identity.