Queensland Law Society

Anniversary of the apology to the stolen generation

Ten years ago, at 9am on 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Indigenous community for the treatment of Australians who form part of the Stolen Generation.

In Prime Minister Rudd’s public apology, he made a statement regarding closing the gap in the social inequalities faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Watch Prime Minister Rudd’s speech from 2008 and read the Closing the Gap statement from the Prime Minister’s annual report.

To mark this anniversary, QLS held a morning tea for elders from Brisbane’s indigenous community. QLS president Ken Taylor was joined by our keynote speakers, Dr Ruth Hegarty and Uncle Bob Anderson, to unveil new artwork on the Society’s reception windows to reflect our pathway to reconciliation. The Society thanks our First Nations RAP Working Group member and solicitor Mitch Shannon for kindly allowing QLS to use his artwork titled Harmony in our Reconciliation Action Plan.