Rudd To Suppress Cliches For Three Whole Sentences

By AR - The apology to the "Stolen Generations" in Parliament tomorrow will be Kevin Rudd's biggest test to date. The speech writers have set Rudd an extremely difficult task - Kevin Rudd will have to read three entire sentences that do not contain cliches. That's right, three sentences.

Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.
We reflect on their past mistreatment.
We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history."

But it's ok. If Kevin can hold out that long the writers have rewarded him with a barrage of cliches in the fourth sentence.

"The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future."

Those little tritenesses will be as a breath of air to a drowning man.

But will "we say sorry" be enough? Not according to a "stolen" man interviewed by Lateline correspondent Miriam Corowa at the tent embassy outside Parliament House. His message for Mr Rudd was that he distrusted all politician's promises and that Aborigines would not stand for a diluted message. "Unleaded's not good enough for us," he added, unfortunately.

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