My posting yesterday caused some heated comments and I have also read this mornings press in which the right wing (and lets be blunt) racists have manned the bastions that is talk-back radio to denounce the apology.
I just cannot believe some of the bigotry that is going on in this country. There are essentially four factions spinning around at the moment; those for & against apologising and those for and against compensation. The compensation element is out there and there will always be those who will want to see it and then the counter argument is that there is plenty (albeit misused) money being directed to Aboriginal interests. Lets put all this to one side and look at the bigger picture.
The Australian government has wronged a section of our community on the basis of race and Kevin Rudd has simply acknowledged and apologised.
The big picture of this though is that this is what we wanted when we elected Rudd. We voted in a landslide to dump the hardline economic management driven Liberal party who have done so many divisive things in regards to our standing in the world’s view for a party that was prepared to put the people first and deal with the humanitarian issues. Don’t let Nelson & Turnbull fool you, this inflation driven interest rate rises were coming no matter who was in power. Labor knows this. They know that they have inherited power at a bad economic time, but they will be dipping into the budget surplus to address issues like health, education and other humanitarian issues. These are what would have been called “soft” issues by the Liberals, but the reality is that a big surplus is rubbish when the average Australian cannot access appropriate health care or gain access to a university.
The apology was one of the soft issue promises that Labor campaigned on and he has a mandate to deliver which he has done and I think that’s a small but positive step for this country.
PS – the absence of John Howard amongst the gallery of ex-Prime Ministers has been noted. Bigoted little turd that he is!