The first anniversary of the National Apology, "National Apology Day", provides an opportunity to reflect on whether anything has changed in relations between the settler colonial state and society and Indigenous Australians.

The Rudd Government’s National Apology was a statement in two parts. The first was an unreserved and long overdue apology on behalf of the nation for an extended and very ugly episode in its history, an apology to the stolen generations that was delivered with great compassion. Few were not moved by this part of the apology, its poignant symbolism provided the nation with a long overdue emotional release.