Today our new prime minister said Sorry to Australia's indidgenous people for the wrongs done to them by policies carried out by the past governments of our country. The wrongs done as part of the white australia policy and the stolen generation. I know that this is a forward step. Today I hope will go down in Histories pages. As an Australian I am well aware of the wrongs and pain that has been caused since white people came to this great country and took over. Nobody today would deny that these things happened to them.
I am the product of all that has happened in the past because I had an Aboriginal 3x great grandmother. I don't consider myself aboriginal but I am proud of what tiny amount of her blood I may still carry. A tiny bit because it has been bred out of me for 5 generations, but I think it makes me just that tiny bit more Australian.
Today is a proud day. An emotional day. Bitter sweet day. A day for patriotic Aussies like me.
I don't know if legally the apology today will open up the flood gates to compensation claims from the stolen generation nor where the money will come from. That remains to be seen. It seems to me to spoil the spirit in which the apology was meant if people use it in this manner.
My Mum is driving me mad today. She grew up in a generation where they believed and learnt that aboriginals were bad, politicans are bad too, new australians are bad and if you don't think the way she does then you are bad too. With all the publicity today on the T.V. and radio she is clicking her tongue, shaking her head and making negative derogatory comments to just about everything to do with it. I keep walking out of the room because I know she will never understand and I don't want to argue with her. Ah the joys or reversed parenthood.
Oh well better get off my soap box.
Bye Love Linda.