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Kevin Rudd - Sorry Speech
Transcript of Kevin Rudd - Sorry Speech
Kevin Rudd - Biography
-Kevin Rudd grew up on a farm in Queensland
- He joined the Australian Labour Party when he was just 15
- Rudd was elected to the Australian House of Representatives in 1998 and was re-elected in 2001 and 2004
-Rudd became a vocal critic of the Howard administration’s handling of the Iraq War
- Became Prime Minister on December 3, 2007
Part of Speech...
For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.
To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.
And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.
Context of the speech...
- "the nation to turn a new page in Australia's history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence in the future"
- "a symbol of the hope we place in the new relationship you wish to forge with our people".
Impact of Speech
-One year after the Apology speech, in 2009, Australians were invited to reflect on the meaning of the historic event.
-To mark the third anniversary, in 2011, community groups around Australia held local events supported by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation
-This year, 2013 to mark the 5th anniversary a Bill for an Act of Recognition was passed with unanimous support through the House of Representatives
Thank-you for Listening...
Fourth Anniversary of the National Apology to Indigenous Australians
The Hon Kevin Rudd MP (former minister for foreign affairs)
10 February 2012
Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples
Australian Government – Indigenous
8 April 2013
Apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples
- Language Analysis