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Address on the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology

Why ‘Closing the Gap’ Remains Valid For The Future The need for a new target on Indigenous child removal.   An Address on the 9th Anniversary of the National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples.   The Hon. Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia Chair of the National Apology Foundation for Indigenous Australians   Australian...

Reflections on the apology: Kevin Rudd in conversation with Stan Grant

Eight years ago this week Kevin Rudd spoke to and for the Australian people about what he termed “this blemished chapter in our national history”. It was his first act as prime minister – opening federal parliament with the word Aboriginal and Islander people and a legion of non-Indigenous Australians had longed...

Speech: Remarks to the UN Indigenous Issues Forum

RUDD: Thank you Chair. I acknowledge the traditional owners of the many lands we have come from across the world. I acknowledge the First Peoples of the land on which we gather today. They are welcoming people and we pay our respects to the elders past, present and future for...

ANU Lecture: The National Apology, Constitutional Recognition and the Road to Reconciliation

 The 2015 Australian National University Reconciliation Lecture 11 November 2015   The Honourable Kevin Rudd 26th Prime Minister of Australia   Seven years ago, I said to the Parliament of Australia that “there comes a time in the history of nations, that in order to embrace fully their future, they must...

National Apology Breakfast 2016

Australia, Reconciliation and Race  I honour the first Australians on whose land we meet and whose cultures we celebrate as the oldest continuing cultures in human history. I honour the “stolen generations” whose lives have been forever-wounded by the inhumanity, indifference and insensitivity of generations of white Australians. And I...

National Apology Breakfast 2015

Speech: 2015 National Apology Breakfast 18 February 2015 – Sydney, Australia The State of the Indigenous Nation On the Seventh Anniversary of the National Apology to Indigenous Australians. I honour the First Australians, on whose land we meet, and whose cultures we celebrate, as the oldest continuing cultures in human history....

National Apology Breakfast 2014

On the Establishment of a National Apology Foundation  It is good to be here among friends. It is particularly good to be here with so many of my Aboriginal brothers and sisters. One of the many good things about Australia is that, at our best, we look out for one...

National Apology Breakfast 2013

Speech: The Apology – 5 Years On Reconciliation SA Breakfast on the 5th Anniversary of the Apology to the Stolen Generations. 13 February 2013 Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Thank you for that very warm, South Australian words of welcome. It’s good to be back here in this wonderful part of...

National Apology Breakfast 2011

National Indigenous Apology Anniversary Breakfast Three years ago, I delivered an apology in the Australian parliament on behalf of all Australians to the Indigenous peoples of our vast continent. Three years later, I've asked myself the question — what has it all meant? Have there been changes in the material...

Closing the Gap statement Parliament 2010

Prime Minister Ministerial statement Closing the Gap 11 February 2010 I acknowledge the First Australians on whose land we meet, and whose cultures we celebrate as one of the oldest continuing cultures in human history. Mr Speaker, two years ago I made a formal Apology in this Parliament to the...

Closing the Gap statement to Parliament 2009

I ACKNOWLEDGE the First Australians on whose lands we meet, and whose cultures we celebrate as the oldest continuing cultures in human history. Mr Speaker, a year ago, at the opening of the 42nd Parliament, I made a formal Apology to the indigenous peoples of Australia. In particular to the Stolen...

Apology in 2008

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. The time has now come for...