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10 years on this is a speech for the people

February 13, 2018

Famous speeches lift hearts in dark times, gave hope in despair, refined the characters of men and women, inspired brave feats, gave courage to the weary, honoured the dead, and changed the course of history.

 

 

 

The Speaker of the House (Hon Harry Jenkins MP): The Clerk.

 

The Clerk: Government business notice number 1, Motion offering an apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples.

 

The Speaker: Prime Minister.

 

Prime Minister (Hon Kevin Rudd MP): Mr Speaker, I move:

 

That 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.