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13 February

One year on, and at the moment ABC is running an episode of Message Stick in commemoration: The Apology. Jack Thompson’s voice-over is a touch fruity, but the content is very good.

…EVONNE GOOLAGONG-CAWLEY: I had to be here for this wonderful historical decision, really. Apology, and, um… and I guess it’s about time. I’m just very happy for a lot of the people, you know, who’ve gone through those painful years of being taken away. I mean I myself, being a mother, I can’t imagine how deeply the pain was, to have a child actually taken from them. I mean, I’ve often thought about even my own children, you know, Kelly and Morgan, I thought – I don’t think I would be able to recover if anything like that happened to me.

WOMAN: Hi, everybody! It’s so fantastic to see you all.

SHELLEY REYS: An apology is not the panacea. It’s not the one-stop shop that means that everything’s gonna be fine. But what it is is a great foundation or stepping stone into making these things more possible. It gives us a chance to think about the possibilities of what we can achieve beyond this point. It’s almost like the apology is an act of reconciliation. But I see that the work of reconciliation is still ongoing and continues. We need to be thinking about how we can change the lives of Indigenous people for the better. And we already have that task before us now, but even more so after the apology. It’s almost like this enables us to make this happen, because we’re repairing some poor relationships of the past and with an apology I think what we get is mutual respect and I hope what we get from that is also mutual responsibility, so in other words, with the government putting a hand of friendship forward that Indigenous Australians will also say I’ll reach out for that hand, and let’s work together. You know, while the Government may say here’s my opportunity to build a new path that means that Indigenous Australians will help build that path with them….

“An apology is not the panacea. It’s not the one-stop shop that means that everything’s gonna be fine. But what it is is a great foundation or stepping stone into making these things more possible. It gives us a chance to think about the possibilities of what we can achieve beyond this point.”

So without too much about how much is left to do, let’s recall that day and be glad, in the spirit of the remarks above.

thanks

See what I said on the day.

photo from Stolen Generations Accept Apology From Kevin Rudd On Sorry Day(Raymattja Marika). Photographer Andrew Sheargold/Getty Images AsiaPac.

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Instead of the Friday poem: Dorothy McRae-McMahon

sun23002a From the liturgy prepared by Dorothy (right) in the past week.

Let us go from here

As the bush springs green again,

restoring its beauty to us as a gift,

as the seeds are broken open by the fire

for the beginning of new life,

and as we bring together all that is among us

for the future in this place:

Let us go from here,

stronger than when we came,

holding on to those who have lost the most,

ready for all that is to come

and walking firmly into a new day.

Let us go in courage, hope and peace,

surrounded by the love of God.

photo by Neil 23 Nov 2008 at South Sydney Uniting Church

 
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Re-opening today, but keeping to the bushfire theme

There are so many places where amazing stories are being told about the past week in Victoria. I will keep that extra feed on the side a little longer; there you see what people on WordPress.com have been writing about it. On my own Google Reader feed I have been selecting only those items relevant to the bushfires, but tomorrow this afternoon I will begin catching up* on some of the notable entries which have thereby been put on hold. "Normal" entries will also resume here.

Tonight on ABC there is a special program in the Stateline 7.30 time slot. Meanwhile see the ABC coverage.

There was a telethon last night on Channel Nine. (The YouTube extract I had has been taken down by YouTube.)

Update

Naturally there has been much discussion about causes, and some have been throwing blame around rather prematurely. I could link to such things but won’t. Some of the discussion has raised fair points, while the prize for insanity must go to the goose on YouTube who blames Arab terrorists. That, I think, even eclipses Pastor Nalliah’s biblical errors. People like Miranda Devine have been predictable; in fact quite a few have been ridden by their hobbyhorses – and that even applies to some whose hobbyhorses I may happen to share.

Whatever, anyone looking for a single explanation will be sadly disappointed. Quite obviously a whole set of circumstances have combined to make these fires particularly horrendous.  Some of those circumstances will prove reasonably easy to correct for the future, some won’t. We should all keep an open mind until the current phase of discussion has worked itself through.

* Pretty much done, though you missed some… From here on I will add what takes my fancy from my stock of blogs.

 

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