So Sick Of Sorry Day!

I'm so sick of hearing about sorry day! yes I agree the PM has said sorry now lets move on! My family heritage is Scottish but do i ask for the English to say sorry for raping and stealing my ancestors people and land???? No I don't worry about it!!! It happen 100s of years ago, and now I'm being told my children have to participate in Sorry Day! How long doe's it take for people to move on and get there act together!!!!!!

bornwrongyear bornwrongyear
31-35, F
16 Responses Mar 7, 2010

Good point!

thankyou enna.....we are exactly on the same track .......i think bornthewrongyear was actually borninthewrongcountry

I'm very glad to read the responses of wise and compassionate posters such as Jinda and Staples and LilMissMuffet . . . and I am ashamed and saddened by the original post and the fact that some people felt the need to support it.<br />
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Our lives are built on what has gone before us in history. If it were not for the brave service people in WWI and WWII we may well have lost our land altogether. . . This is one reason we give thanks and recognition on ANZAC Day for their contribution and their sacrifice.<br />
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Australia's indigenous people have suffered intensely from the time of white occupation because the British govt, of the time chose to declare Australia Terra Nullis - which was untrue. Over the years, many indigenous people have suffered from the continuing ill judgements of governments, organisations and individuals.<br />
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Sorry Day is a way to demonstrate to our first people that we ALL regret the issues of the past that caused such misery and reduced a proud people to the debased position many of them are in today.<br />
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Indigenous people are just like any other ethnic group - there are good ones and bad ones; wise ones and silly ones; hard working ones and lazy ones; law abiding ones and criminals; healthy ones and sick ones . . . . They are not "perfect" any more than any other group is perfect.<br />
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They DO deserve the understanding, respect and acknowledgement of all Australians - just as other groups do. Respect, empathy and positive relationships are just three of the potential outcomes of taking part in Sorry Day - provided you understand what it is all about. How could anyone NOT want this for their children???

hi everyone .....im aboriginal and i understand why the sorry issue is so confusing to aussies....it was just ridiculous to expect everyone to say sorry for something they didn't do .....it should have been just an acknowledgement that injustices were done and a show of compassion for those alive today who are suffering the consequences .....to make all australians feel guilty was wrong and a misinterpretation of what blackfelllas need to regain their dignity and rightful place within modern australia<br />
staples thankyou for your post your understanding and compassion is very heartfelt<br />
i wouldn't say that aboriginal people were backward that is a very harsh and quite ignorant statement <br />
aboriginal culture is very ancient and alien to europeans.....for thousands of years we inhabited this land ...fiercely guarding and protecting the environment to keep it in pristine condition so that the future generations will enjoy a healthy and clean place....we ensured that all life continues in this garden of eden and never took more than what we needed to survive ......<br />
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and then the aussies came and in a mere 200 years have destroyed its people, we have the fastest rate of animal extinction in the world....our water systems , our air ...and the earth are now all toxic<br />
and i fear for my childrens future and the animals i share this country with....<br />
over-population, excessive consumerism ,environmental damage, cyanide leaching, nuclear testing and high risk levels of nuclear waste dumping, massive loss of animal species and habitats......etc etc etc etc etc etc <br />
ummmmmm now tell me who are the backwards ones

When all this came to the public notice, there were "stolen children" ringing radio stations, saying thank you for taking them and giving them a life....

Wonderful, Staples. You said it all, and said it so well. Your comments make me proud.

Sorry Day, marks a momentous and historical occasion for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people alike.<br />
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A day when finally the Government will concede its past wrongs and make an attempt to right them.<br />
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A day when the children removed from families and cultures can stand up and say “I was hurt because you hurt me and now even though what was done can’t be changed we can move on and remember as one nation, so that it may never happen again.”<br />
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It is often very easy to forget that anything of the sort ever happened. We live in a country that has such great living standards our welfare system offers more per fortnight then what some African people receive per year.<br />
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But we need to open the darkest part of our past and see it for what it was. Racial eradication.<br />
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For years the issue of an apology for the ‘stolen generation’ has dogged this nation and today we stand together in perhaps the most practical way possible, unified in our passion and dedication to this great nation. (most of us do anyway)<br />
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Sure, we have had bad times but the good outweigh the bad and together we are moving forward as one.<br />
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Yet, there is still more to be done. We need to move on to Welfare Reforms, the signing of a Treaty and of course the issue of compensation.<br />
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Regardless of what one might hold as opinion about compensation for the ‘stolen generation’ the discussion needs to and will continue.<br />
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These days it is hard to walk down the streets of any Australian town and not be reminded of the many races and faces that have contributed to the cultural make-up of Australia.<br />
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Where would we be if the White Australia Policy and the ‘breeding out’ of Indigenous people had have been successful?<br />
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There would have never been a Kathy Freeman to run so spectacularly and then to fly both the Australian and Aboriginal land rights flags at the Olympic Games, holding them both as a sign of hope and the better days ahead.<br />
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There would be no rich cultural blanket for International tourists to experience and take home with them. Some even argue there would be no AFL.<br />
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But more importantly this great nation would not be the same.<br />
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Every book has a sad chapter and everybody makes mistakes, which is why pencils have erasers and people (and governments) who do wrong can always apologize.<br />
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I feel, a point that some Australians fail to take into consideration when they look at the issue of the apology and almost always ask themselves is “What should I be sorry for?”<br />
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Well the answer is nothing.<br />
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It was the legislation of the governments of the day and era that committed such atrocities upon the Aboriginal people, not the people themselves.Although I’m certain some people did.<br />
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Saying ‘sorry’ is a customary practice in human society.<br />
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We say sorry to apologize for things that we personally did not do.<br />
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And being sorry is not an admission of guilt on behalf of white Australia and it never should have been made out to be by previous governments.<br />
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It is part of the necessary process of healing the open wounds that cover the body of Australia.<br />
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It's about cleaning up the litter in our history.<br />
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It's about building the open relationships that foster racial tolerance from all sectors of the community.<br />
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We want to work together with our fellow Australians and make history again, but this time for the betterment of not only our own people but for the betterment of Australia and our fellow Humankind.<br />
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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken the long awaited lead on this sad and sensitive issue and he has let our people know that we have not been forgotten completely. (its a shame he has done very little more!!)<br />
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It is time to get on with the big challenges that lay ahead.

Your so correct lets move on.

what the!!!<br />
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GIVE US A BREAK!!!!<br />
DON'T THEY HAVE ENOUGH?????

And now they are talking about changing Australia Day to Citizens Day! WTF!!!! Leave it alone politicians...puhleeeese

oh sorry!!! Sorry Day is a day that has been give to the Aboriginies of Australia for something that happened many many years ago, the govenment took the sick and badly cared for children away from their familes to live with white people or in homes and educated them and clothed them, the Aborigines have kicked up a stink ever since even though it was stopped not long after it started!!! Since then every white Australian has been made to feel bad for happen to them and the PM has said sorry but they haven't moved on and we all still have to be made to feel bad!

Ok Ok maybe we should say "sorry" get on our hands and knee's kiss there *** and beg for forgiveness then maybe WE CAN ALL MOVE ON!!!!!!!

Perhaps the sorry doesn't go back 100's of years, but maybe 50-60 when the govt dod nuclear testing on their land and didn't tell them or remove them from danger ! Australia's *ground zero*

I don't feel we owe particular apologies to indigenous people. We sure need to relate to their plight with compassion, but apologies ? If we were to wind back time to 1770, what would have been a better outcome for aborigines ? Spanish rule ? Indonesian ? Chinese ? Russian ? The mere comparison highlights the fact that there were no easy outcomes for aborigines, after they were caught in abackward state at the start of the modern era. One wayor another, they would have been "discovered" and their identity would have had trouble anyway defending against more developed arrivals. <br />
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On the other hand, it was perhaps the backwardness of aborigines which allowed Australia to flourish. I'm no expert in british colonial history, but I compare Australia of 120 years ago with the East-African stripe, from Alexandria to Cape Town. In the eyes of colonists, both looked equally promising, since they ignored the power of native peoples. ( I guess the East-African colonies were younger than the australian port cities. ) Today, the outcomes are radicaly different. <br />
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I wonder what other think about this - why is the Alexandria to Cape Town area so different today from Cairns to Melbourne ?

I agree how long does reconciliation take? Its already been nearly 20 years that i can recall. The Australian public need to know whether or not the apology is accepted so we can either get on with our lives or have Mabo repealed!!!

I agree how long does reconciliation take? Its already been nearly 20 years that i can recall. The Australian public need to know whether or not the apology is accepted so we can either get on with our lives or have Mabo repealed!!!