Ten years ago, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said sorry to the stolen generation on behalf of the Australian Government.
This historic occasion was recently recognised at Irrawang Public School in Raymond Terrace, at a very special and moving event. Worimi elder Aunty Margo shared her story of loss and grief, alongside Aunty Judy and Aunty Mary. Their stories were heartbreaking beyond words. They are stories that every Australian should hear.
The school's year 5 and year 6 students heard their stories. They listened with respect to tales of the pain suffered by too many innocent people at the hands of a bad government. Aunty Margo has told her life story in a large mural that now adorns the school hall. It took me a while to realise that the shirts the school staff now wear are a copy of the artwork.
I thank Aunty Margo, Aunty Judy and Aunty Mary for sharing their difficult stories with our school and our community. I also thank Gina Ascott-Evans from the Thou Walla service for organising the event, and Stacy Mathieson, Irrawang Public School's principal, for her leadership in ensuring that genuine reconciliation is practised every day.