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Five years on: Rudd's apology to get CHEC examination

Kevin Rudd's Apology To The Stolen Generation speech will be re-examined at Coffs Harbour Education Campus next Thursday.
Kevin Rudd's Apology To The Stolen Generation speech will be re-examined at Coffs Harbour Education Campus next Thursday. John Gass

IT SEEMS like it only happened recently but this Wednesday marks five years since one of the most significant addresses in our social and political history was delivered in Federal parliament.

"The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia's history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future," newly-elected Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said in his famous apology speech for The Stolen Generation.

The date was February 13, 2008.

But with the passage of time, many are now wondering if the significance of that statement is still relevant or has lessened.

Coffs Harbour Education Campus will mark the anniversary of the Rudd speech on Thursday in the 'D' Block theatre with the public invited to come and have a yarn.

There will be a screening of the speech, followed by a panel discussion - The Apology: Five Years On.

Members of the indigenous and non-indigenous community have been invited to join the panel.

The function begins at 10.30am and tea, coffee, damper and lunch will be provided.

Noelene Skinner, Aboriginal Learning Liaison Officer at TAFE has more information on 0403 196 123.

Topics:  apology, chec, generation, kevin, rudd, stolen


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