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full video of Kevin Rudd’s speech and apology to the Stolen Generations

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hat tip to gruffybear for getting these all in the one place.

Written by typingisnotactivism

February 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm

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  1. Mr. Kevin Rudd,I am pround of you,not all politician can speak out the truth as you do.I hope my country will do the same especially to our natives & non bumis in borneo in which were out cast by the government.God bless you and all the people in your nation forever.Thank you.Bye.

    kho eng chuan

    February 14, 2008 at 11:58 pm

  2. I think Labor has the indigenous vote sewn up for generations.

    Statesmanship is rare.

    Renegade Eye

    February 16, 2008 at 6:24 am

  3. Finally,
    The past is publicly acknowledged by government.
    A very necessary step to any disparity between peoples is an acknowledgment of wrong done and a meaningful apology.
    This speech is a landmark in conciliation between Australia’s indigenous and non indigenous people.
    Hopefully the apology is accepted and helps to heal the pain and suffering inflicted upon Aboriginal people in Australia by previous governments.
    It is to his credit that Rudd recognised that the previous government and people who enacted these terrible crimes on humanity in the last century, are not here to apologise, he had the guts to stand up and take the wrap and stop the bickering about who, why, where and when the Australian government should say sorry.
    I am proud of my new prime minster for his proactive, courageous and well carried out public government apology.


    February 17, 2008 at 4:30 am

  4. It was illuminating of him to point out that there are still-sitting members of Parliament who were in government during the early ’70s as people were still being separated from their families as part of Parliament’s laws, policies, and instructions. Hopefully, the apology is a stepping stone to greater action and communication with indigenous leaders and community reps. But the country does already feel quite a bit lighter, not only for his having said it, but saying it as beautifully as he did. Nelson, on the other hand, should crawl up inside his perm and die of shame and self-loathing.


    February 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm

  5. And so ends the mean-spiritedness and conceited banality of the Howard era.

    Finally, it has come. Let true reconciliation begin.

    Allen Ellis

    February 27, 2008 at 11:57 pm

  6. this is the first time ive watched this footage. most of my friends have never seen this footage either-most never will. i find this thought quite sad because it was an extremely historic day. i believe that all schools should have stopped for the period of this speech and watched it on tv. (like what happened when man first landed on the moon).

    i respect kevin rudd for saying sorry, it was brave and he should be commended for doing something that past governments have, for some reason, found so immensely hard to do.

    i do, however, think he could have said ‘sorry’ just a couple more times…

    (thanks very much for putting the footage up on the internet because i have to write an essay on this for school-its very helpful when u can watch it 🙂 )


    June 12, 2008 at 9:23 pm

  7. ???? I thought that all schools did stop for it ?????

    Have you looked at the difference between this apology and the pronouncement this week by Canadian’s Stephen Harper? Interesting for contrast because the Canadian apology has been inspired by Rudd’s apology, yet Harper is more Howardly or Bushly than Ruddly. How big’s your essay?


    June 13, 2008 at 6:36 pm

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