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Queensland Parliament marks apology to stolen generations, 13 February 2008

The Queensland Parliament marked the Prime Minister's apology to the Stolen Generations with a breakfast for over 150 Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queenslanders.

The bipartisan event paid tribute to the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families.

Guests watched the Federal Government's motion on big screens as well as enjoying speeches and performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders and youth.

Respected Brisbane Elder, Uncle Hughie Kirk, presented the Welcome to Country and entertained guests with his rendition of the national anthem using a gum leaf.

The emotional event was welcomed by those in attendance, including members and descendents of the Stolen Generations.

Hosted by the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Mike Reynolds, the function was also addressed by the Premier, Hon. Anna Bligh, MP and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Fiona Simpson, MP.

Mr Reynolds said the event illustrated that the Queensland Parliament recognised the traumatic experiences endured by the Stolen Generations and, also celebrated the strength, resilience and determination of those who survived those policies.

"The Federal Government's apology is welcome and follows an apology the Queensland Parliament made to the Stolen Generations in 1999", he said.

"The enormous interest generated by the Federal Government's decision to give an apology provides an opportunity to turn the spotlight on issues facing Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples."

"There is no better time for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Queenslanders to move forward, healing the pains of the past and creating a better future together."

Torres Strait Islander dancers, led by Uncle Steve Mamm, closed the event by thanking the Prime Minister, the Premier, the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and the Speaker.

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Photo: © Bruce Long/The Courier Mail 2008

Dances and food entertained the guests at the