Opinion and Commentary

Kevin Rudd’s Indigenous apology: sorry, but not much has changed in 10 years

By Professor Lynette Russell On February 13, 2008, then-prime minister Kevin Rudd issued an apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples on behalf of the Federal Parliament. Now, with a decade of hindsight, the national apology can be seen to stand as a momentous, but ultimately futile, gesture. On the day, the Monash Indigenous Studies Centre (then…

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Get yer hand off it, mate, Australian slang is not dying

By Kate Burridge and Howard Manns, from the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures & Linguistics. As the debate continues over whether Australia Day should be celebrated on January 26, this series looks at the politics of some unresolved issues swirling around Australia Day – namely, the republic and reconciliation. And just for good measure, we’ll check…

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