As is often the case with symbolic gestures of government, the political capital gained far exceeds the investment made in changing the day-to-day reality of victims' lives.
The government's reaction to the Forgotten Children report is pure vaudeville -- and Gillian Triggs is the villain.
The claim that Aboriginal Australians have a "special relationship with the land" is, quite frankly, racist and extremely unhelpful. Let's make some real reparations -- cold, hard cash.
He was prime minister twice, and rarely off the front pages since 2007. Crikey runs through Kevin Rudd's successes and failures. You be the judge of his performance ...
Why do so few of the media reporters actually ask the Aboriginal demonstrators why they are so angry with being told to change tactics?
Why was there no protest over the Apology to the Forgotten Generation, as there was over last year’s Apology to the Stolen Generation?
The Forgotten Australian apology makes the state the agent of a set of acts -- compassion, sympathy, pity, reparation, remorse -- that are properly human, and should be expressed between individuals or groups.
Well done to both Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull, who this morning made excellent speeches in Parliament's Great Hall, to representatives of the Forgotten Generation.
The Federal Government will finally issue an apology today to the "Forgotten Generation" -- the 500,000 child migrants who suffered abuse in Australian institutions between the 1920s and 1960s.
We should be optimistic, but we should not forget how the "sorry debate" came to be so big an issue for this nation. We should not forget how easy it is for Indigenous issues to become the ball in a game of dirty party politics. And we should not forget that most of the senior members of Howard's cabinet those who so gutlessly acquiesced to the bitter agenda of a small man are still in parliament today, writes Chris Graham.