On this day when Australia’s Parliament finally made an apology to the aboriginal people it is worth thinking back to Paul Keating’s revolutionary speech in 1992 at Redfern.
I still recall thinking that, at last, Australia was ready to be grown up now that our leader could talk in this way. Little did I realise that this would be followed by so many years of the exact opposite.
It is worth remembering this visionary speech on such a day:
By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire