The subject line is the last bit of silliness and attempted humour in this post. This is serious, so stop laughing.
You overseas readers can do some research if you are interested in the details but I am not going into them much here. I am less than impressed when Australia is criticized by overseas folk because of the way we have treated our aboriginal population. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Yes, I expect sometimes it was in the best interest of the children but mostly I doubt it.
My grandfather died about 1975 I suppose. In his time, much of this happened. He did not know about directly and I am not blaming him for anything, but in his time, aborigines were even shot for sport in our own fair state of Victoria. Perhaps the farmers went rabbit shooting one night and boong shooting the next night.
Ooops, slipped in bad words there.
There is no doubt, and who could deny it, that our ancestors treated treated the local native population appallingly. With bad intent or without matters not.
The results are still around for all to see.
Should we as a nation and the parliament as our representatives say sorry to the folk who have been in our fair land ever so much longer than us, and then we arrived and lorded it over them?
Of course we bloody well should.
PM KRudd, I liked what I heard and I truly hope it makes a difference to some people. I fully support your words and I hope we can now go onward and upward with some rapidity.