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National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and former Child Migrants

16 November, 2009

You can watch the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and former Child Migrants live from 11 am AEDT here.

This morning, Steve Fielding has spoken of his sexual abuse by a scoutmaster that he says occured for years. The Family First Senator said:

“I can assure you as a person that has been through something, sorry goes a long way.”

While it is probably not fair or correct to question his motives for speaking out on a day where the attention should be focused on the victims receiving the apology, I agree with what Fielding has said. For victims of child sexual abuse, sorry can go a long way.

You can hear some of the stories of the Forgotten Australians here.

Update. Of course, Andrew Bolt never supports an apology:

Yes, I’m sorry that so many children were often mistreated or abandoned by their own parents that they had to be rescued and sent to live with someone else. How dreadful. […]

Are we in fact offering apologies that in many cases should primarily come from the children’s parents?

Unless it is for him. I really must stop reading his twisted shite.

Elsewhere: Bernard Keane at The Stump also wonders why Fielding chose today to reveal his abuse and I had not heard that Wison Tuckey had also sought an apology.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. reb permalink
    16 November, 2009 12:33 pm

    “I really must stop reading his twisted shite”

    LOL! Yes, that’s something I learnt a long time ago…! 🙂

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