I shared a historic moment today with 120 children. Gathered around a small television set, we all listened quietly as our Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, read a thoughtful and moving apology to our indigenous people. The public gallery in Parliament House, as well as the lawns outside were filled with aboriginal people who had travelled to witness the event. The previous evening a community group known as "GetUp" spelled out the words "Sorry. The first step" in candles on the lawn. I am always impressed with the sense of fairness children display when they learn about moral issues, and this issue is no exception.
Thank you, Prime Minister Rudd.