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.