Today marked an historic day in Australian history.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered a fomal apology in front of the Parliament, saying "sorry" for the hurt caused by decades of state-sponsored treatment of indigenous Australians.

This was especially important for the "Stolen Generation", children of mixed descent from indigenous families who where forcibly removed from their parents to be put into orphanages and internment camps between 1869 and 1969.

The word "sorry" has not been used in this context by the Prime Ministers in the past out of fear for compensation claims that may arise from such an admittance of guilt.

Today Kevin Rudd finally did what should have been done years ago.

(would be great if someone would sift it, I don´t have a slot free at the moment) 
[Edit: Thylan did, Thanks!] 

SMH Multimedia site with Images and audio parts of the speech

Full transcript of Kevin Rudds speech here


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