Kim Beazley, leader of the federal opposition, cried when he first spoke to parliament about Bringing Them Home, the report on ‘the stolen generations’. I don’t think many people were embarrassed by his tears, as they sometimes had been by those of former prime minister Bob Hawke. Enough of the report had been in circula­ tion for people to know something of the terrible stories it contained. And most people knew in their hearts that they should have known them long before. Beazley s tears were for the chil­ dren and their mothers. They were for the Aborigines. And they were for the nation.