As should be clear in previous threads, I am opposed to parliament issuing apologies for the actions of others. But if it insists, the 44th Parliament could move:
That today we honour the Australian people, who have come from the four corners of the earth.
We reflect on their mistreatment from 3 December 2007 and until 14 September 2013.
We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who pay taxes – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history. We reflect on the abuse of conservative supporters by the union thugs who held the country to ransom during those sorry years.
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 must never forget the wrongs of that period, so we will never repeat the errors of those who betrayed the confidence of the Australian people.
We apologise for the laws and policies of the 42nd and 43rd Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on our fellow Australians.
We apologise especially for the destruction of the budget surplus and the build up of government debt. We apologise for the stilling of debate and free speech and we affirm the eternal right to freedom of expression, freedom of the press, freedom of association and freedom of religion.
For the pain, suffering and hurt of Australians who have experienced the wrongs of the 42nd and 43rd Parliaments, 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 Australian 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. Where once again freedom of speech will be protected.
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 to pursue their lives free from the dead hand of government and free to trade amongst themselves and with others around the world.
A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed – solutions from the private sector rather than inventions of this heartless organisation.
A libertarian future based on individual respect, individual resolve and individual 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 country, Australia.