Sorry day-13/02/2008

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  1. corallux

    corallux Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Friends,

    Today (13/02/2008) marks a very important day in the history of Australia. It is the day when the Government of Australia took it's first step towards Re-Conciliation.

    So, why this "Day of Sorry?" Well I asked the same question. The answer was " To say sorry to all those souls whose life was torn from their roots". These souls were the "Stolen Generation"

    Who were the stolen generation?

    [FONT=Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]The Stolen Generation refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who were forcibly removed from their families and communities by the State and Territory governments of Australia. While Indigenous children were taken away from the very beginning of colonisation, the Stolen Generation more usually refers to children removed under deliberate government policies from the beginning of the 20th century until the 1970s.[/FONT]

    Why were they removed?

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    Portrayal of The taking of the children on the Great Australian Clock, Queen Victoria Building, Sydney

    It was asserted that these children of mixed descent were not accepted by their communities and were therefore at high risk of harm. The policy typically involved the removal of children into internment camps, orphanages and other institutions.It was asserted that these children of mixed descent were not accepted by their communities and were therefore at high risk of harm. The policy typically involved the removal of children into internment camps, orphanages and other institutions.

    The main motive was to ‘assimilate’ Aboriginal children into European society over one or two generations by denying and destroying their Aboriginality.
    Speaking their languages and practising their ceremonies was forbidden
    They were taken miles from their country, some overseas
    Parents were not told where their children were and could not trace them
    Children were told that they were orphans
    Family visits were discouraged or forbidden; letters were destroyed.

    The process of separating the family from the child was very brutal. This has been aptly captured in the Movie- Rabbit-Proof fence

    The Results?

    The results were a disaster. Most Boys were trained to do hard labour & the girls were trained to do domestic chores. Abuse was common.

    Public Awareness

    In the 90s, there was public awareness raised about this & this practice was stopped. But it did little to soothe the feelings in the Aborginal community who now demanded a Sorry.

    Many governments dragged their feet on this issue. This was an election issue in the elections of 2007. The Newly elected government of Kevin Rudd went ahead with the "Sorry Day" marking a historical point in the history of Australia.


    Australia says sorry 13/02/2008:

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    Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd with Aboriginal leaders at parliament house
    in Canberra.

    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 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.
    "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 Australians.
    "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 failed.
    "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, Australia



    A new era dawns in the history of Australia.


    What are your thoughts friends? In this world we have news of war & other inhuman activities. For the first time, a humane act ahs taken centre-stage


    Awaiting FBs,

    Regards,

    Corallux
     
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  2. Anandchitra

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    Thank you for sharing..Hats off to your government for boldly taking these steps..Its incredible the journey of mankind and the steps we had to take..
     
  3. Arunarc

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    Dear Corallux
    Thanks for sharing this article here, It is indeed a great achievement for those people.
    I am always passinated by these aboriginal paintings............I always prefered to gift items made by them I myself too have some with me.
    This is something great Kevin Rudd has started..........
     
  4. corallux

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    Thanks for your feed back Anandchitra & ArunarcBow,

    I agree with your views.

    What is surprising is the people outside Oz took the trouble of reading this post & giving a FB & not a single one from Oz? Rant

    Nice to know people all over the world are now comming to terms with the misdeeds done in the past in the name of "Civilization & Culture'.

    Cheers,

    Corallux
     
  5. puni88

    puni88 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hi,
    Thanks for sharing this information.
    There are so many things which we are unaware off.

    ~Punitha
     
  6. Sriniketan

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    Thanks for sharing this information, corallux.

    This is one big step which reveals the nature of mankind.

    In my opinion, is this sorry enough and what further steps they ensure to atleast unite those families, which is indeed a very long process.
    Hope to see that this kind of atrocities doesn't happen again,in any part of the world!

    sriniketan
     
  7. pallavisurapaneni

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    Hi Corallux,
    Thanks for sharing this information......I heard this in news and I was just thinking to know more abt it.....and was thinking to read it in paper..but here u posted it.......thanku once again...:clap
    Pallavi.
     
  8. Blondie

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    I am ashamed to say that this historic event was delegated to page X (hiding) with small headline in our reputable Washington Post.

    Wednesday, February 13, 2008; Page A14

    CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 13 -- In a historic vote that supporters said would open a new chapter in Australian race relations, lawmakers on Wednesday unanimously adopted Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's motion to apologize to Aborigines on behalf of all citizens.
    "We apologize for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians," Rudd said, reading from the motion.
    Aborigines remain the country's poorest and most disadvantaged group, and Rudd has made improving their lives a top priority of his government.
    The apology is directed at tens of thousands of Aborigines who were forcibly taken from their families as children under assimilation policies that were not abandoned until the middle of the last century.
    "To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry," the apology says. "For the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry."
    The apology ends years of divisive debate and a decade of refusals by the conservative government that lost November's elections.
    Rudd received a standing ovation from lawmakers and from scores of Aborigines and dignitaries invited to witness the event. Many wiped away tears.
    Rudd ruled out compensation, however -- a stance that helped secure support for the apology among the many Australians who believe they should not be held responsible for past policies, no matter how flawed.
    He pledges instead to lift the living standards of all Aborigines and on Tuesday outlined targets for cutting infant mortality, illiteracy and early-death rates among indigenous people within a decade.
    Aborigines lived mostly as hunter-gatherers for tens of thousands of years before British colonial settlers landed at what is now Sydney in 1788.
    Today, there are about 450,000 Aborigines in Australia's population of almost 21 million. They are the country's poorest group, with the highest rates of jailing, unemployment and illiteracy, and their life expectancy is 17 years shorter than other Australians'.
    Aboriginal leaders generally welcomed the apology, though some said it was empty rhetoric without addressing the issue of compensation. Noel Pearson, from the state of Queensland, wrote in the Australian newspaper Tuesday that an apology without compensation meant: "Blackfellas will get the words, the whitefellas keep the money."
     
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    Hi Corallux

    Didnt visit the site for a few days. Just saw your post on SORRY DAY. Great job on your part to have spared so much of val information.
    I am sure this sorry form the government, will initiate more sorries, where ever needed.

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers
    Sky98
     

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