Wednesday, 2 January 2008

Apology is as apology does

Two interesting questions about apologies hover around us. One is the apparently bizarres suggestion that David Hicks, having now served his sentence, should apologise for what he has done.
This might be nice, but it is hardly a legal requisite. Given the fact that there are also big questions about the nature of his internment any way, and no apology forthcoming from either American or Australian governments to him, then perhaps it should all be left well alone.
We also wonder about if and when the Rudd government will apologise to the stolen generations. I guess they will, and I suppose they will also pick their time.
Australia Day would seem opportune. We shall have to wait and see!

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