Two-thirds of Aussies back stolen generations apology

February 18th, 2008 - 1:37 pm ICT by admin  

Melbourne, Feb.18 (ANI): Over two-thirds of Australians now support the Federal Government’s decision to apologise to Aborigines for past wrongs, a new poll shows.
According to the Galaxy Survey, which was conducted for the online activist group GetUp!, 68 per cent of the respondents said the public apology by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Parliament was justified and appropriate.
The poll of 1100 respondents aged over 16 was taken at the weekend, after Rudd had delivered the formal apology to the stolen generations in parliament last Wednesday, reports news.com.au.
It found the number of people who disagreed with the apology had fallen to just 22 per cent, down from 36 per cent earlier in the month.
“This is an unprecedented turnaround of opinion in such a short time,” GetUp! executive director Brett Solomon said.
“It shows that bold leadership on indigenous affairs will be rewarded, and that ’sorry’ was indeed a healing moment for all Australians - the process of reconciliation has been breathed new life with this important first step”.
The poll proved that saying “sorry” was a concrete step towards reconciliation, Solomon said. (ANI)

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