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Aboriginal grandmothers at a rally holding a banner that says 'Sorry means you don't do it again'
Photo credit: Paddy Gibson on Twitter

Sorry Day correction

I recently wrote a piece for Grad Post for Sorry Day, some of which was not correct. Sorry Day does not commemorate the Apology.
 
The Apology was delivered on 13 February 2008, by then-Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Sorry Day first began on the 26 May 1998, ten years before the Apology was delivered, and one year to the day after the Bringing Them Home report was tabled. I apologise for getting this wrong, and if this was misleading. 

However what I wrote about the Apology holds true. Aboriginal children are still being removed from their families and communities, and at increasing rates. The Apology means little when the actions do not change. 

Sorry Day is a time to remember the suffering, the grief, and the heartbreak suffered by those affected by policies of removal. It is a time when I reflect on, with great sadness, the suffering, grief and heartbreak experienced by my Grandfather, an Arrernte man taken from his family, and the suffering, grief and heartbreak that this bestowed on family and community. The Apology did so very little to lessen this pain. The Apology is, in my mind, bound up with Sorry Day, but I should not conflate the two, and I apologise for doing so. 

I hope that this apology, my apology to you, serves as a timely reminder that 'sorry means you don't do it again'. I have learned from my mistake and have taken steps to correct it.
 
Lindsday McCabe
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer
 

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