Feb. 12th, 2008
Australia is preparing to issue its first formal apology for past mistreatment of the country's Aboriginal people. The declaration by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd will be the first act of the new government when the Australian parliament reopens in Canberra on February 13. It will acknowledge injustices suffered by Aborigines in the years after European colonization that began in the late 1700s.
Full text of the apology (Note to my American-speaking readers: "Tabling" the motion in this context means that the motion has been brought forward for consideration.)
I have no direct connection to Australia. And yet, I find myself awash in the same swirl of emotions that overtook me as I watched the Berlin Wall come down. The time has come, indeed.