New Australian Government led by Kevin Rudd is set to say 'Sorry' to the native Australians, aboriginals.
Even though its just a matter of saying a single word, this has been debated for a long time. Out going Prime Minister Howard was in the opinion that there is no reason for the current generation to say 'Sorry' for wrong doings by their previous generations. At that stage, it looked like his entire party was behind him, however, soon after the election defeat, several cats jumped out of the bag. Several leaders openly said that its required to say 'Sorry'.
However, the new PM or his party was never in doubt.
As I gather, this is not going to do a major 'tangible' difference, however, its a welcome gesture, a gesture that closes the gap between aboriginals and non-aboriginals.
Following web report from news.com.au gives the current background on this new initiative from the new government:
APOLOGISING to Aboriginal people for past injustices would not open the door to compensation claims, Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd said today.
Mr Rudd has promised to apologise on behalf of the Government to indigenous people, including the stolen generations who were taken from their families.
Asked if that might lead to compensation claims, Mr Rudd told Southern Cross Broadcasting: "Not at all".
"I believe that the only appropriate thing that we've got to get right is the exact language of the apology," he said.
"The purpose of saying sorry is to build a bridge, establish respect so we can move on with the practical business of closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous life expectancy and other challenges facing indigenous communities."
Mr Rudd has not yet said whether the apology would include the word "sorry".
He has promised to consult indigenous groups on the precise wording.