Wednesday, February 13, 2008

GIDDY UP, AUSTRALIA. IT'S NATIONAL SORRY DAY










go kevin


11 comments:

Mizanthrop said...

I thought Kev did a bang up job.

And I'm not going to let Brendan Nelson, and his sad inability to give an UNQUALIFIED apology spoil the moment.

MelbourneGirl said...

kev was excellent. and i cried about 3 times during the telecast, mostly when the indigenous dignitaries stood and clapped, and the labor party clapped them. then when rudd and nelson went and did the hug thing, it was truly magical. i think even the speaker was moved.

then i read the age, and cried some more.

an amazing day. the last time i felt a bit like this was the reconciliation march in 2000; but the promise and hope of that was never realised.

MelbourneGirl said...

ps re nelson's speech i have to watch it properly i was zoning out because he seemed so bored. but it's gotten alot of people pissed off. naturellement.

jo_blue said...

I was moved just seeing the bits and pieces in the Age. The speech was excellent and made me proud to be an Australian living overseas. The last time this issue came up (ie with the Howard government not wanting to apologise) I was embarrassed! It's a great day for Australia and all it's people.

MelbourneGirl said...

they had a snippet of howard on the radio, from his speech whenever it was, in parliament, that was basically saying the government is not responsible, the government is not saying sorry, and we are never going to say sorry.

sweet, sweet justice.

Magical_M said...

I was at "the block" in Redfern and it was one of the most amazing things I've ever had the privilege to witness.

There wasn't a dry eye in the place and that had nothing to do with the rain that was bucketing down upon us.

Its one of the few times in recent years I've been proud to be an Aussie.

Go Kev.

xox

I'm not Craig said...

I only saw it on a webcast 12 hours after the event and it was still so moving that it wrecked me completely.

I feel very proud to be Australian right now. I'm starting to remember that I used to do this a lot.

groverjones said...

I did read your comment - only because I couldn't work out why there was a blue dot next to that entry on iWeb. Anyway, your gaffer-tambourinist-roadie services will be greatly appreciated by the band.

And Go Kev!

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mskp said...

i lost it when paul keating called it 'a day for open hearts'. it was no redfern speech, but it was exactly right for now. if redfern was the opening shot, then the sorry motion was a ceasefire.

i plan to celebrate february 13 every year...x