January 30, 2008

Aborigines to get apology

Australia to Apologize to AboriginesAustralia will issue its first formal apology its indigenous people next month, the government announced Wednesday, a milestone that could ease tensions with a minority whose mixed-blood children were once taken away on the premise that their race was doomed.

The Feb. 13 apology to the so-called "stolen generations" of Aborigines will be the first item of business for the new Parliament, Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said. Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose Labor Party won November elections, had promised to push for an apology, an issue that has divided Australians for a decade.

1 comment:

russell said...

Writerfella here --
Watch and see. The Australian 'apology' will be 'non-binding,' which means that no reparations will be forthcoming, no lands will be returned, and no new treaties will be made. Where have we all heard that before?
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'