New beginning for Australia

Wednesday February 13, 2008 marks the dawning of a new beginning for life in Australia.

The apology to the members of the Stolen Generations by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on behalf of the Australian Parliament, and the support from the Leader of the Opposition, Brendan Nelson, for a bi-partisan approach to indigenous affairs, represents a most significant and healing step.

This move should have happened in May 2000, when the country was ready to do so, but the Prime Minister of the day was not.

Eight years have been lost – as well as the two centuries before that – and there is much ground to make up.

Australia is a different place tonight than it was before 9 a.m. this morning.

Hooray for that!