I am sorry that the indigenous people of this land have gone through so much suffering as a result of our invasion and inhabitation of Australia. The methods of dealing with the resulting social issues were barbaric, brutal, uncaring and inconsiderate of family ties and cultural beliefs. The way forward can only be by saying sorry, and recognising that our ancestors should have treated indigenous people with more respect.
I am very pleased that Kevin Rudd's government has gone forward with their election promise. Thank you for doing what Howard should have done a long time ago when the idea first arose. Im glad that my vote has made a difference.