Friday, February 15, 2008
"For the pain, suffering, and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants, and for their families left behind, we say sorry," Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said, triggering tears and applause throughout Australia. click 2 hear his apology
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has ruled out compensation, and lawyers say the apology passed by Parliament does not add anything to Aborigines' chances of successful legal claims.
Aboriginal leaders say the injury can never be fully repaired until the victims receive reparations for being taken as children from Aboriginal mothers. From 1910 until the 1970s, an estimated 100,000 children were taken from their parents under state and federal laws based on a premise that Aborigines were dying out. click here
For a history of Australia Stolen Generation click here