The former Democrats Senator Andrew Murray, one of the driving forces behind today’s apology to the “Forgotten” Australians recently told Kevin Rudd that while many apologies had been made by state governments, churches and charities to the children abused and neglected in care in this country “some were better apologies than others.”

Kevin Rudd speaking in Canberra today. Photo: Gary Ramage

There was a pretty strong sense in the Great Hall of Parliament House this morning that this apology was one of the “better” ones, how ever you might define it.

For a start you could hear it. “Sconey”, 40, from South Australia, told The Punch when the SA Government apologised the speakers didn’t work.

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  • sylvia blayse says:

    07:50pm | 17/11/10

    Are you serious? Four siblings were removed from their parents in Tully 1951. Their mother had just been committed to Ward 10B Townsville. She was suffering post-natal depression after stillbirth, rejection by her family for marrying a wog, extreme poverty since he’d lost his job as a cane cutter when… Read more »

  • 6c legs says:

    04:28pm | 27/11/09

    Thank you, Punch, for the way the way you treated this very important and historic Apology, to we, now, Remembered Australians. Cheers from: Just 1 of 500,000 plus. Read more »


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