Senate debates

Thursday, 13 February 2020


National Apology to the Stolen Generations

11:49 am

Photo of Anne UrquhartAnne Urquhart (Tasmania, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

At the request of Senators McCarthy and Dodson, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

  (i) 12 years ago, on 13 February 2008, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, delivered the National Apology to the Stolen Generations in the Australian Parliament,

  (ii) the National Apology to the Stolen Generations came about as a recommendation from The National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, entitled Bringing Them Home, tabled on 26 May 1997,

  (iii) the inquiry highlighted the suffering of Indigenous families under the Commonwealth, State and Territory Aboriginal protection and welfare laws and policies, and

  (iv) there is still significant work that needs to be done to address the impacts of dispossession, discrimination and trauma;

(b) acknowledges that an important step in healing our nation is the acknowledgement of truth; and

(c) as part of this healing calls on the Federal Government to commit to a process of truth telling about Australia's history.

Question agreed to.