chapter  10
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Apologising for Historic Injustices

ByGEOFFREY SCARRE

On 13 February 2008, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal public apology in Canberra to the aboriginal people for the ‘stolen generations’—the tens of thousands of indigenous children who, between 1910 and 1970, were taken from their parents as part of an offi cial government programme to breed out the aboriginal race. Rudd apologised fi rst as Prime Minister and then on behalf of the government and the parliament of Australia.1