I did not do anything to the indigenous people of our land. You probably did not either. Nor did my parents or grandparents. Why do I have to apologise to the native people of our land?
I don't have anything to apologise about. But if we recognise that taking children away from their mothers for no good reason is wrong, then shouldn't our Prime Minister apologise on our behalf for mistakes made in the past?
The motives were perhaps well intentioned but in retrospect, clearly wrong. They screwed up big time and just the phrase, 'we are sorry for what was done back then', would go long way towards healing the pain and hurt.
While it won't win yesterday's man an election, it could be beautifully staged with lots of tears and embracing.
By not doing it now, the inevitable is delayed.