The National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) recently sent a series of questions to the Coalition and to the Australian Labor Party, providing the parties with the opportunity to outline how their policies will support students and families in Australian schools, including Catholic schools. Today, the NCEC has released the following which summarises the parties' responses.
When the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, gave the apology to the Stolen Generation in our national parliament, I was struck by the question posed by one of the radio commentators who asked an Aboriginal co-commentator, Why do we begin a lot of meetings, conferences, with a "Welcome to Country"?
My forebears came to Australia by boat, most of them prior to the 1850s and all from Ireland. Two came involuntarily whilst the others were fleeing the poverty and discrimination that existed in Ireland at the time.