Sorry.

Feb. 13th, 2008 09:14 am
leecetheartist: A lime green dragon head, with twin horns, and red trim. Very gentle looking, with a couple spirals of smoke from nose. (Default)
This is a momentous day in Australian history.

I am sorry too for the terrible things that were done to our indigenous people and the members of the Stolen Generation.

I thank the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for his passion, humility, humanity, and compassion in making the apology. I thank the Leader of the Opposition Brendon Nelson for his willingness to join with the government in a bi-partisan plan on the fly and the spirit of co-operation that he has offered.

I had tears in my eyes when Kevin and Brendon shook hands across the table in Parliament. I don't think such a thing has ever been done in my lifetime before now.

I laughed when the Speaker joked about both the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister being on indulgence at the same time. It's sort of an indicator of the headiness that must have been running through Parliament House at the time.

There are trials ahead - there's the question of reparations, the turning of the backs on the leader of the opposition, and the very reasonable suggestion that individual strategies be implemented on a case by case basis.

But never before has there been such a sense of working together on this issue.

I was really touched when Fred Cheney offered "one white hand" to the indigenous lady whose name I didn't catch and they clasped hands, wanting to be some of the people dedicated to walking this road together.

It was all very touching, heart warming and heartening and I hope it goes very well.

Thank you, Australia.

Things to do, thanks mostly to [personal profile] shrydar's excellent post:

If you have doubts, or are just interested, there's GetUp's 
Mythbusters factsheet  to download.
The text of the apology I posted yesterday. You can view it, and other related events here.
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