2010

Authors

  • Malcolm Allbrook Malcolm Allbrook

On February 13th 2008, newly elected Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stood before the House of Representatives to move that Parliament apologise to the '‘stolen generations'’, the colloquial term for Aboriginal people from all parts of the country who as children had been forcibly removed from their homes and families and placed in state-run institutions or missions. Rudd'’s motion was one of his earliest acts as Prime Minister and earned widespread support. His predecessor John Howard had vigorously opposed a government apology on the grounds that current generations were not responsible for the policies of the past, and so carried no burden of guilt that warranted an apology...