I’ve just watched the speeches of Kevin Rudd and Brendan Nelson from the “Sorry-fest”.

You can find the whole deal on the ABC web site. 1/2 hour of Mr Rudd, and out the same from Mr Nelson.

Mr Rudd presents very very well. Look on this oh Howard, and weep at your lost opportunity! Ten years you squandered with no vision, just being a mean-spirited weasel.

Mr Nelson tried hard, and clearly has some strong feelings, but his party is torn apart and don’t know which way to go. His message was a bit mixed up. Rudd is setting the agenda, and the Liberals are trying to maintain some dignity. They have succeeded in the main, just.

I’ve had very mixed feelings about all this (hence no blog posting until now), but after seeing Mr Rudd I suspect that maybe, if he does not get hijacked by other crises, then just maybe he and the new BIPARTISAN Commission can actually make a difference.

By making a clear point that words don’t actually make history, actions do, he has also tied his words to some deeds; and the deeds will define the real result of all this.

I’m now more optimistic that there might be a decent future for Aborigines than I’ve been for about the last 15 years. That said (written), it will be long and difficult to actually make a difference. Decades. But you can be sure there will be no difference at all if they don’t try.

To sit through two politicians speeches lasting a total of an hour is unheard of for me, I normally have such contempt for the species. Tonight, watching from the ABC web site, I was riveted.

So full marks, for the first time in years we have a polly who may yet turn out to be both inspirational and a statesman. He’s sure starting out with that kind of promise. I wish him, and Mr Nelson, well.

Forward, gentlemen, with goodwill. May the forces of evil be defeated as they try to ambush you.


The display of bipartisanship was most encouraging.

And Wilson Tuckey can go stand outside as often as he likes.

Comment by MikeFitz | February 13th, 2008 11:41 pm | Permalink

I watched Mr. Rudd’s speech on YouTube lst night, and was very impressed. I also have mixed feelings about the whole issue, but after watching the speech, and the emotion that surrounded it, it is hard to not support it even a little.

The bipartisan-ship is fantastic, and it really does feel like there can be a solid effort in helping Aboriginal Australia.

Comment by Merovingian | February 14th, 2008 10:05 am | Permalink

Well said, Wally

Comment by MillyMoo | February 14th, 2008 9:13 am | Permalink

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