What did Kevin Rudd say sorry for?
At 9:30am on 13 February 2008, Rudd presented the apology to Indigenous Australians as a motion to be voted on by the house. We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.
Why was the 2008 apology significant?
It supported making a formal public apology to the victims of forced child removal, especially the Stolen Generations. The Apology was the first item of business when parliament opened in 2008, and was witnessed by the thousands of people gathered in Canberra for the event and was broadcast all over the country.
Why was the National Apology important?
In this landmark speech, the Government called on all Australians to reflect on the past actions that form an important part of our history. The apology included a resolve to embrace new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches had failed, and a future based on mutual respect and mutual responsibility.
What did the apology to the stolen generation do?
This grassroots movement was described as ‘the people’s apology’. Between 1997 and 1999 all state and territory parliaments officially apologised to the Stolen Generations, their families and communities for the laws, policies and practices which had governed forcible removal.
What is National Sorry Day in Australia?
On 26 May each year, we acknowledge Sorry Day to mark the anniversary of the tabling of the Bringing Them Home report in the Australian Parliament in 1997.
Who started Sorry Day?
Australia’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tabled a motion in parliament on February 13, 2008, apologizing to Australia’s Indigenous people, particularly the Stolen Generations and their families and communities, for the laws and policies that inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss.
Why was the word sorry important as part of the apology?
The word “sorry” in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and cultures holds special meaning, often used to describe the rituals surrounding death (Sorry Business). Sorry, in this context, expresses empathy, sympathy and an acknowledgment of loss rather than responsibility.
Why did John Howard refused to say sorry?
Among its many recommendations was one that the Prime Minister apologise to the Stolen Generations. Prime Minister John Howard refused to do so, stating that he “did not subscribe to the black armband view of history”.
Who started National Sorry Day?
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
On 13 February 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd moved a motion of Apology to Indigenous Australians. His apology was a formal apology on behalf of the successive parliaments and governments whose policies and laws “inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians”.
How can we recognize National Sorry Day?
- Concerts and barbecues.
- Reconciliation walks or street marches.
- Sorry Day flag raising events.
- Morning teas or lunches.
- Speeches from community leaders, including Indigenous Australian elders, as well as educators.
- Media statements from politicians within federal, state and local governments.
Is apologize Spelt with AZ or S?
Apologize is the standard American English spelling. Apologise is the standard British English spelling.
When did National Sorry Day start?
May 26, 1998
National Sorry Day is held annually on May 26. The first National Sorry Day was held on May 26, 1998, which was one year after the tabling of a government report about the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities.
When did Rudd apologize to the Stolen Generations?
Sydney on Australia Day 2008, three weeks prior to the Apology On 13 February 2008 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, particularly to the Stolen Generations whose lives had been blighted by past government policies of forced child removal and Indigenous assimilation.
How big is the video of Kevin Rudd’s apology to indigenous peoples?
Downloads Video: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, MP – Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples (WMV) 7.7MB – 4min, 3sec Video: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, MP – Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples (MOV) 16MB – 4min, 3sec Audio: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, MP – Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples (MP3) 1.2MB – 3min, 40sec – 48kbps Mono
What is Kevin Rudd’s ‘Sorry speech’?
Kevin Rudd’s ‘Sorry Speech’ was the result of years of inquiry into the thousands of Indigenous Australian children who had been savagely taken from their homes, and what could be done to repair that.
Who is the Clerk of the House of Parliament for apology?
Apology Transcript The Speaker of the House (Hon Harry Jenkins MP): The Clerk. The Clerk: Government business notice number 1, Motion offering an apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples. The Speaker: Prime Minister. Prime Minister (Hon Kevin Rudd MP): Mr Speaker, I move: