This week is going to be a busy one in the Land Down Under for everyone. We have the abolishment of Work Choice Laws, The Arguement continues with Japan and on Thursday Prime Minister Rudd will give “The Sorry Speech.” It is possible that Indigenous communities may not even attend, or send a representive to accept speech… Which seems silly since they have been ones calling for it for decades….
So what is this speech and what are we apologising for:
In an attempt at reconcilliation between the white community and the Aboriginal Communities, Aboriginees have been pushing for an official apology from our Government for past miss deeds, all the wrongs forced upon them and for Captain James Cook actually taking Australia, White Settlement, the loss of their native land, and the removal of half cast aboriginal Children from there family in attempt to intergrate them in white society….
I should say at this point the the Stolen Generation was from the mid 1950 through to the late ’70′s. Children with either white parent and living in Aboriginal communities where removed and placed in missions or with a white family to be educated and work…. A lot of these children were misstreated however a lot more received a good life and were taught skills which let function in white society…
PM Rudd has stated that he will be saying Sorry on behalf of the Australian People, however there will be no compenstion pay outs and the present Government will not be accepting any responsiblity for those deeds… Basically he will be saying sorry in the form of sorrow had the hardships forced upon them.
Several Aboriginal leaders are up in arms over this, as well as many none aboriginees, but for differrent reason. Aboriginal Leaders want the Government to accept responsiblity so litergation and compensation can begin (in some cases the lawyers as awaiting the speech to find loop holes) and a large number of the none Aboriginal community is saying ‘well I have nothing to apologise for’….. As in we are being expected to say sorry for being born in Australia, for our families coming here and for benefiting from making this country what it is….. It seems in someways to be an attempt to make us feel guilty for being Australian which is not going to happen... In order to reconcile our communities it seems to be dividing it further.
I see this both ways and it is a mine field….. I do feel sadness regarding the things of the past however I wasnt even born when most of it happened, most of what happened was done in a belief that it was in the best interest of the people involved….
The path to hell is paved with good intentions. Could this be another road into hell?
It could be case of be careful what you wish you might just get it…The speech is being released tomorrow, so we can all see what is being said on our behalf so watch those news reports it will either be a storm in a tea cup or the cause of many a sad day for the future….
Should America apologise for Columbus, should the French say sorry for the Normans etc or is it a bit to much to ask….
Should present day occupants of a country apologise for the deeds of the past, should we say sorry for taking over this country and what sort of can of worms would this open?After all we are all native of the country we are born in arent we?