A symptom of apologiaphobia is the issuing of apologies on behalf of others to avoid apologising for one’s own actions. So it was with Kevin Rudd apologising for the so-called ‘stolen generation(s)’ and now Julia Gillard apologising for adoptions in the 1950s to 1970s.
Gillard has much to apologise for, including stabbing Kevin Rudd in the back, compromising our national security, destroying the commonweal, raiding the Treasury, recommending to the Governor-General that Wayne Swan, Stephen Conroy and Nicola Roxon be Ministers of the Crown, sacrificing the interests of the public in favour of the sectional interest of union mates and many other examples of error for which an abject apology is called for. Indeed, Gillard’s errors are so great and so frequent she should promptly vanish in a puff of remorse.
But no, Gillard wants to copy Kevin Rudd and make a national apology. Well, she can’t. Only a Head of State can issue a national apology, not a Head of Government. That aside, why does she defame the families who have adopted children in the 1950s to 1970s (including a couple of my relatives)? Children who have been raised in happy and healthy families and lead a safe, prosperous and fulfilled life? Why does she apologise to some of the biological mothers who were right to give up their children to a better life? Who is she to apologise for the past? This is a highly objectionable practice for which she should apologise for even contemplating.
How dare she say
And to the children of forced adoption, we can say that you deserved so much better. You deserved the chance to know, and love, your mother and father.
when many (although not all) of those who were adopted have wonderful adoptive parents who love and care with a passion that their biological parents may have been unable or unwilling to provide?
The gross generalisation of her comments demeans her office.
How dare she say
Yet this is part of the process of a nation growing up: Holding the mirror to ourselves and our past, and not flinching from what we see. Friends, what we see in that mirror is deeply shameful and distressing.
Insulting previous generations who suffered and built this country and who experienced hardships Gillard cannot imagine.
Enough I say. Begone this apology for a prime minister. I am outraged that she has so insulted my wonderful aunt and uncle and my first cousins who I have been privileged to know.