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Australian Parliament Apology to the Stolen Generations (13 February 2008)

13 February 2008
13 February 2008

On 13 February 2008, the Australian Government made an Apology to Australia's Indigenous People.


Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's speech included the words:

To the Stolen Generations, I say the following: as Prime Minister of Australia, I am sorry. On behalf of the Government of Australia, I am sorry. On behalf of the Parliament of Australia, I am sorry. And I offer you this apology without qualification. We apologise for the hurt, the pain and suffering we, the parliament, have caused you by the laws that previous parliaments have enacted. We apologise for the indignity, the degradation and the humiliation these laws embodied. We offer this apology to the mothers, the fathers, the brothers, the sisters, the families and the communities whose lives were ripped apart by the actions of successive governments under successive parliaments. In making this apology, I would also like to speak personally to the members of the Stolen Generation and their families: to those here today, so many of you; to those listening across the nation - from Yuendumu, in the central west of the Northern Territory, to Yabara, in North Queensland, and to Pitjantjatjara in South Australia.



  • Small, Marilyn, Unfinished business: the Forgotten Australians, 2009. Details

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Prepared by: Cate O'Neill