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29 APRIL 2011

The Secret Country: The First Australians Fight Back

Alan Lowery and John Pilger's 1985 documentary "The Secret Country: The First Australians Fight Back" which describes the shameful history of persecution of the Aborigines in Australia.





1985Alan Loweryancient peopleanimist belief systematrocitiesAustraliaAustralian Aborigine • Australian Radiation Laboratory • Captain Cook • Charlie Perkins • colonisationcultural hegemonycultural historycultural identitycultural resistanceculture and customs • David Gulpilil • desertdiscriminationdocumentary filmFirst Australians • Freda Thornton • genocideGough Whitlamhumiliation • Indigenous Australia • Indigenous AustraliansIndigenous peopleJohn Pilger • Keith Lokan • Kevin Kearney • land rights • malnutrition • Maralinga • Marcia Langton • Mario Fredericks • massacre • Mawuyul Yanthalawuy • native people • nigger hunt • noble savage • nuclear testing • persecution • Preston Clothier • racial inequality • Ray Henman • resistanceself-determinationTerra NulliusTorres Strait Islander • unoccupied land • Vince Forresterwhite settlement


Simon Perkins
24 MAY 2008

Kevin Rudd says sorry (to the stolen generations)

"Australia has formally apologised to the stolen generations with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reading a speech in Federal Parliament this morning.
Both Mr Rudd and Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin received a standing ovation as they entered the Great Hall before the Prime Minister delivered the speech.
Former prime ministers Paul Keating, Bob Hawke, Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser and Sir William Deane were all seated on the floor of the Parliament as well as 17 people representing the stolen generation.
Redfern [inner city suburb]
Mr Rudd''s speech received a standing ovation at the Redfern Community Centre, where hundreds gathered.

Residents, workers, families, students and Sydney''s Lord Mayor Clover Moore braved the rain to watch the speech via a large outdoor screen.

David Page, composer with the indigenous dance group Bangarra Dance Theatre, said he liked the fact that Mr Rudd made a personal apology.

''It was very moving to see a prime minister with a bit of heart. I loved it when he said he was sorry. There was just something personal about it. It''s very hard for a prime minister to be personal,'' he said.

Enid Williams, 72, who was brought up on a mission in north Queensland after her father was forcibly removed from his family, said she was happy with Mr Rudd''s speech, but said it was now important to look to the future.

''I''m 72. The main thing is the young people, to give them a better future.''

Martin Place
At Martin Place in [central] Sydney, hundreds of Sydneysiders from all walks of life gathered to watch the Sorry Day celebrations holding Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

Men and women in business suits, schoolchildren and other passers–by of all different backgrounds cried, smiled and stood in respect as they listened to Mr Rudd apologise."
(Dylan Welch, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2008)

[This has been a long time coming – and is something that was clearly beyond the capacity of the previous Australian Liberal Party administration!]



AboriginalapologyAustraliaAustralian Labor Party • Bangarra Dance Theatre • Bob Hawke • CanberraGough WhitlamIndigenousKevin RuddMalcolm Fraser • Paul Keating • Prime Minister • Redfern • Sir William Deane • speechstolen generationsSydney • Sydneysider • Torres Strait Islander


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