Anniversary of Apology

Today five years ago Prime Minister Kevin Rudd
made an Apology to Australia's Indigenous People.
I quote from the Prime Ministers speech of that day:

"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 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."

This document, a transcript of that Apology
written on calf-skin vellum
and commissioned by the Government,
can be seen in Parliament House, Canberra
for all visitors for all time to come.




Sue Williams said…
A bit late in sending this but nevertheless meant sincerely - Heartiest congratulations Gemma on a magnificent Citation. You must feel so proud. Warm greetings from Sue in South Africa.
Gemma Black said…
Hello Sue,

Thank you for your message. I am particularly honoured to have been chosen to prepare the Apology to Australia's Indigenous People.

Last year I created two replicas. One is house in the European Parliament and the other is housed in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade here in Australia.

The replicas are identical to the original but hand done so each of the three documents have their own unique characters. All of which I have on my records.

Thank you again Sue for your kind comment. x g
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