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*1 Mr Rudd: To move—That:
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.
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.
We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.
We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.
For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.
To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.
And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.
We the Parliament of Australia respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered as part of the healing of the nation.
For the future we take heart; resolving that this new page in the history of our great continent can now be written.
We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians.
A future where this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.
A future where we harness the determination of all Australians, Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity.
A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed.
A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility.
A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great county, Australia.
*2 Ms Gillard: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Workplace Relations Act 1996 , and for related purposes. ( Workplace Relations Amendment (Transition to Forward with Fairness) Bill 2008 )
*3 Ms Gillard: To present A Bill for an Act to establish Skills Australia, and for related purposes. ( Skills Australia Bill 2008 )
*4 Ms Gillard: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Higher Education Support Act 2003 , and for related purposes. ( Higher Education Support Amendment (Removal of the Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements and National Governance Protocols Requirements and Other Matters) Bill 2008 )
*5 Mr Tanner: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Act 1997 , and for related purposes. ( Commonwealth Authorities and Companies Amendment Bill 2008 )
*6 Mr Tanner: To present a Bill for an Act to amend legislation relating to lands acquisition, and for related purposes. ( Lands Acquisition Legislation Amendment Bill 2008 )
*7 Mr Albanese: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to telecommunications, and for other purposes. ( Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Communications Fund) Bill 2008 )
*8 Mr Albanese: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Trade Practices Act 1974 , and for related purposes. ( Trade Practices Amendment (Access Declarations) Bill 2008 )
*9 Mr M. J. Ferguson: To present a Bill for an Act to amend the Offshore Petroleum Act 2006 , and for other purposes. ( Offshore Petroleum Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2008 )
Orders of the day
*1 address in reply to the governor-general’s speech: Report of committee to be brought up ( from 12 February 2008 ).
* 2 Amendments Incorporation Amendment Bill 2008 : Second reading ( from February 2008 ).
Contingent notices of motion
Contingent on any bill being brought in and read a first time: Minister to move—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the second reading being made an order of the day for a later hour.
Contingent on any report relating to a bill being received from the Main Committee: Minister to move—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the remaining stages being passed without delay.
Contingent on any bill being agreed to at the conclusion of the consideration in detail stage: Minister to move—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion for the third reading being moved without delay.
Contingent on any message being received from the Senate transmitting any bill for concurrence: Minister to move—That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the bill being passed through all its stages without delay.