I wanted to post on the current round of semantic gymnastics regarding the Parliament’s apology to the Stolen Generations, but Andrew Bartlett’s done it, and better than I could: Liberals’ Separated Hearts.
The comprehensive report of the “National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families” was tabled in May 1997, and the term Stolen Generations has been in widespread usage since then. In all that time, I’ve never heard the term ‘separated generations’, even from the former Coalition government which sought to deny, downplay and denigrate many aspects of the report.
There’s also a good thread at LP regarding the apology.
UPDATE: GetUp! have a Mythbusters sheet outlining the 7 most common erroneous objections to the apology, and responses which bust those myths.
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