Tuesday, February 12, 2008

we're all sorry (except Emma)

Update: 14.2.08 9.38 am - a bit of live blogging

The Prime Minister's speech bought me to tears in places, in short an unconditional apology, no excuses, it was wrong and we want to make it right. Let's hope these good words turn into action to really "close the gap".

However, am mid the Leader of the Opposition's reply - he started well but veered off quickly into 'good intentions' excuse. Someone with greater time and energy, I'm sure, will do a proper analysis of his speach. Unlike the PM he's clearly stated that there will be no financial compensation.

Now Nelson is bringing up the cobbers going to war, aboriginal and non-aboriginal Australians lying (dead) beside each other on the battle fields. But stops the story there and doesn't go into how we 'rewarded' the aboriginal men who'd gone off and fought a war that wasn't theirs - by not giving the vote or equality and continuing to remove some of their children until the 1970's. He failed to mention the small issue of those aboriginal soldiers not getting the same pay.

Next he moves the speech to a defense of the Howard government's horrendous interventions last year.

The tears are dry now and am feeling angry. The PM's address to the Parliament made me feel good about being an Australian for the first time since I took citizenship over a decade ago. Nelson's response has reminded me to not stop the rage until change truly occurs.

(and now I must run off to work, very late!)

The wording of the official apology to the Stolen Generation is out and ready to roll tomorrow.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's apology motion has been tabled in Parliament:

Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.
We reflect on their past mistreatment.
We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.
The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.
We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.
We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.
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 fathers, the brothers and 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.
We the Parliament of Australia respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered as part of the healing of the nation.
For the future we take heart; resolving that this new page in the history of our great continent can now be written.
We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australian.
A future where this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.
A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity.
A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have changed.
A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility.
A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country.


It’s a damn good start.

However it seems not everyone seems to think so. On facebook some members are choosing to set their status as “is sorry” tomorrow. One young woman felt so strongly against it she posted this on the site:

PPL who will put Their status as "is sorry" tomorrow are all fucked in the head, we didnt do nething wrong. RUDD is just fucked in the eye. He should be speaking for all of us. Fuck saying sorry for somthing we had no control over it. So fuck saying sorry!!



That’s right people, Emma a fun loving Catholic gal from Melbourne believes we didn’t do nething (sic) wrong.

So perhaps we aren’t all sorry yet.

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6 Comments:

Blogger Ann O'Dyne said...

There's lots of girls with the brains of Emma, and they vote Liberal - The Party with the wrong name.

Maybe a lot of people were late to work this morning ...

Nobody ever mentions that it was ENGLAND, the Kingdom of England (it is not even a Country) which stole this fabulous island from it’s traditional occupants.
England owes reparation to every one of the descendants.
this could bring England to it’s knees.
First we send back every English-born (non-naturalised) person who is actually IN Australia right now.
All of them
No more Visas or pensions or employment.
It would be declaring war without a shot being fired.
Then, stop any Australian citizen from spending their tourist dollars IN the Kingdom of England.
We can bring a country to it’s knees without the Dept of Defence.
England owes the Traditional Owners of Terra Australis, and BIGTIME.

10:55 am  
Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

about nelson's speech, i got bored when he started talking about the diggers fighting wars etc, i thought he was getting irrelevant and so i left off watching, and missed most of what has made people angry. i've got it taped so shall have to revisit, but maybe not, i don't want it to harsh the nice feeling i've got going.

isn't it satisfying to notice the lack of literacy of all the sorry-haters? i relish it. it strips them, immediately, of any credibility.

heh.

2:11 pm  
Blogger Another Outspoken Female said...

Ann - interesting concept. Just think how much more pleasant a trip to say Sydney or Cairns would be without pommy backpackers

Melbgrl - bask in the glory of the PM's apology (and remember that statement just came from someone who doesn't actually like the Ruddster!) - leave the not so good doctor's speech for a time that you'd like to fire up some negative emotions. It really buggered it to me.

And on another note...
Am I just showing my generational gap-ness but is "fucked in the eye" a common saying these days? Is it some deeper insult than "fucked in the head".

2:22 pm  
Blogger MelbourneGirl said...

hey i saw that somewhere, was it at fits? i noticed it too. it might be generational, or might be just weird. "i prefer fucked in the head" myself.

4:41 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

Wow, 'fucked in the eye'. That's quite odd, isn't it?

Nelson sucks - but it was really, really boring, too. I shed a tear or two during Rudd's speech. So did my mum and, surprisingly, even my dad.

2:21 pm  
Blogger Boysenberry said...

I wonder if Emma has a cousin that visits rellies lives in my street. She has a map of Aus on the back window with "Fuck off, we're full".


Poor bastard ended up having to park their car in the garage when they visited - some prick kept letting their tyres down :)

7:17 pm  

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