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17 February, 2008

Australia says sorry to Aborigines. the week it was, 17 Feb 08

Here's the weekly The Week It Was. As usual, the clip is available in the usual H.264 format. Why do I use H.264 format? See this QuickTime codec comparison page and judge yourself.

QuickTime: The Week It Was
(Click the screenshot above to watch the video clip)

Australia has formally apologised to the stolen generations (Aborigines) on 13th February 2008.
“We apologise for the indignity and 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.
...
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.”
(full text of Kevin Rudd's sorry speech)

(more news follows...)

PM Kevin Rudd's speech received a standing ovation. As for opposition leader Brendan Nelson, people turned their backs to his speech.
Former prime ministers Paul Keating, Bob Hawke, Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Fraser and Sir William Deane except John Howard were all seated on the floor of the Parliament as well as 17 people representing the stolen generation.
For the record, former PM John Howard said sorry to Aboriginals, but he insisted he was only sorry for what had happened, not apologetic.

Mackay (Queensland) was flooded after a surprise torrential downpour. Roads, schools and businesses were all closed, homes swamped.

East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta was hit twice in his stomach in an assassination attempt. (11th Feb 2008)

Here's YouTube version:

H.264QuickTime 7The video clip is encoded with state-of-the-art video codec H.264, which delivers stunning quality at remarkably low data rates. QuickTime Player 7 (free) is recommended for watching the video.

Content of the video clip is copyright Seven Network.

Posted by Antony on 17 February 2008 1:15 PM | newstalk, videos

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