On February 13 2008 then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd presented the Australian Parliament with a historic act of contrition. As the first action of the second sitting day of the 42nd Parliament of Australia, Prime Minister Rudd put forward a motion to acknowledge and apologise for the government of Australia’s role in the stolen generation. Among those in attendance to receive the apology on the floor of Parliament were 17 people representing the stolen generation. These healing words were significant to many disenfranchised with a political process which for to long had ignored this stain on Australia’s past.
For the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.- Kevin Rudd
February 13, 2008 - Australian Broadcasting Corporation