Kevin Rudd: To the stolen generations I say the following. As Prime Minister of Australia I am sorry. On behalf of the government of Australia I am sorry. On behalf of the parliament of Australia I am sorry. And I offer you this apology without qualification.
We apologise for the hurt, the pain and suffering we the parliament have caused you by the laws that previous parliaments have enacted. We apologise for the indignity, the degradation, and the humiliation these laws embodied. We offer this apology to the mothers, the fathers, the brothers, the sisters, the families and the communities whose lives were ripped apart by the actions of successive governments under successive parliaments.