Published: March 6th 2008February 29th 2008
The two main issues that are topic for discussion are Sorry Day and Daylight Saving
Sorry Day is the government apologising to the aboriginal people for the way past governments have treated them between 1995 and 1997 an enquiry was held into the removal of Aboriginal children from their families, the "Stolen Generations". The final report, "Bringing Them Home - Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families" was released in 1997. One year after the release of the final report, a National Sorry Day was instituted, to acknowledge the wrong that had been done to indigenous families and so that the healing process could begin. Sorry Day is also in remembrance of mistreatment of the Aboriginal people and not only to the children involved in the Stolen Generation. Many politicians, from both sides of the house, participated. The apology was made by Kevin Rudd the new PM
‘That today we honour the Indigenous people of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history. We reflect on their past mistreatment. We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of the stolen generations, this blemished chapter in our
nations history. The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future. We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on those our fellow Australians. We apologise especially for the removal of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country. For the pain and suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendents and for their families left behind, we say sorry. To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry. We the Parliament of Australia respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered as part of the healing of the nation. For the future we take heart, resolving that this new page in the history of our great continent can be written. We today take this first step by
acknowledge the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians. A future where this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again. A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, Indigenous and non indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity. A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed. A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility. A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia”
Most Australians were proud to be called Australians on this day, but still there is a large void that needs to be rebuilt as over years a segregation has widened where Aboriginals are treated like a less than equal citizen and this is only because a minority of them are drunken bums that hassle you in the street, like the wino’s bums in the UK.
As I have been brought up with this so
I can’t give an opinion but the ruling was made in December 2006 with the intention to trial it for 3 years but already there is talk to reverse the ruling back before the end of the trial. WA is the only state in Australia was the last to enforce daylight saving and it is a bone of contention. All the states appear to run to their own rules, whether it is road rules or policies.
I have to thank Matt again for taking me to see this concert, we went to Swan Valley. What can I say they were brilliant they didn’t conform the norm in music but regardless to say it worked below is a review about them
The Australian music industry is being taken over by a bunch of cats and they’re leaving a very unique paw print. The Cat Empire have slowly been building support in their home town of Melbourne since forming in 1999 but in the past year have been wowing audiences all over the world. Not falling into one music category the group mix Jazz, Cuban music, big band, hip hop, and a little pop and this sound has
a very diverse mix of people hooked
Time to start travelling, seeing stuff further a field than Perth so as a treat to myself I hired a car at the end of my first temp assignment and went to Lancelin, this is a small seaside town about 130km North of Perth roughly an hour and a half driving (unless you have a tendency to get lost like me)
The lodge is an YHA and it’s more like a hotel rather than a hostel. It has a swimming pool, volleyball court, table tennis the rooms are neat and clean. The staff is friendly and helpful, (not that I am selling it, maybe I can get commission on this?)
I walked down to beech, which took all of 5 minutes and watched the wind surfers and kiter’s doing there thing, I am not brave enough to try it myself…chicken I know……
Came back lounged around by the pool worked on my tan and caught up on some shut eye.
Towards the end of the afternoon I meet my roommate for the night her name was Montse (Monti) 27yrs from Barcelona she was travelling by herself on a 4 month
If only there was a camera that could catch the same as the human eye
sabbatical from her job in L’Oreal based in Paris, we click straight away and went down to the pub together and luck would have it there was a live band playing and I knew some of the songs. The sunset was amazing during the course of the evening we made plans to meet again in Perth and hire a car to go to Waves Rock and The Tree Top Walk as splitting the cost is cheaper than going on a tour.
Twi lighting - Aye Aye Captain
First I have a huge thank you to Gordon. This was definitely a memorable evening I meet Captain Andrew and the rest of the Motley crew at Melville Yacht Club and as the wind knots were down to 5 we had dinner first and got to know each other. Captain Andrew is not what I would call a typical captain he very wacky and marches to his own beat. A great teacher with a simple but strange way of remembering which way to turn the boat pushes up bra and pull down Boxers. I got to steer the boat and only turned it the wrong way once maybe twice if you
were being technical, made Andrew stay on his toes. The idea of twi-lighting is to go out just as the sun is setting for a nice peaceful sail around the circuit, whilst having a few drinks I would recommend to anyone to try it. I also got to steer the boat back into the pit, which apparently is the hardest part and I mastered it (yes I am blowing my own trumpet)