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Kevin Rudd’s apology to Aboriginals spoken from the very best part of an Australian

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Adding myself to the growing list of thousands of Australians who have already admitted to crying during Kevin Rudd’s speech just a few hours ago. It was more than a gesture and much deeper than was expected. Unfortunately it’s not up on YouTube yet so I can’t embed it for you, but if you go to the ABC’s official apology coverage you can find it there. I would also heartily recommend checking National Indigenous Times for coverage, analysis, and reactions which will likely be posted there shortly – NIT absolutely rocks.

Until then, here is the welcome to country ceremony, performed at the opening of Parliament yesterday for the first time in the history of this country.

It was truly moving to see the array faces of all colour of beautiful skin, lining the Parliament and telling their own stories from moment to moment as the words this dry land has been needing for so long fell from Kevin Rudd’s mouth like a building spring rain. This moment is an unforeseen opportunity for this generation of Australians and all that follow, and I can hardly remember a moment that I’ve actually taken such pride in thinking of somebody as ‘our Prime Minister’.

But do yourself a favour, and avoid the supposedly non-partisan response of supposed support for the apology from opposition leader, Dr Brendan “Halfwit” Nelson. According to this idiot, we can not judge the past, the people who stole kids and committed genocide were only trying to help, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that white people die in war all the time, sometimes breaking up families turns out really well, Aboriginals really are their own worst problem, they should get a job, they shouldn’t get any compensation, dead Aboriginals helped make Australia great, their culture is only 60 000 years old even though artefacts date back at least 116 000 years… o yeah, and he’s sorry. Really.

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Written by typingisnotactivism

February 13, 2008 at 11:42 am

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  1. Read you comments on the News.com site, read your blog. If typing is not activism then the intellectual wank on here certainly isn’t..

    Sebastian

    February 13, 2008 at 12:54 pm

  2. well done Sebastian. the wank is not typing? or the wank is not activism? So either you are saying that typing is not a wank, or activism is not a wank. Good for you Sebastian. I couldn’t agree more.

    typingisnotactivism

    February 13, 2008 at 1:25 pm

  3. —–[::>

    I think Sebastian was being ironic. Either that or he needs a wank. Which, incidentally is both activism and typing, depending on your technique.

    Kakariki

    February 15, 2008 at 11:04 am

  4. 8o)

    that kakariki,
    always brings her A game.
    leaves us in stitches

    typingisnotactivism

    February 15, 2008 at 1:41 pm


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