February 13, 2008

good job

Good job to Kevin Rudd for saying sorry. I thought it was a great speech - decisive, clear, honest, to the point and all very reasonable. In the end, it seemed like he was stating the obvious and that apologising was the obvious thing to do. It made me wonder what all the fuss was about with the last government being so stubborn. Seems straightforward to me. Something bad happens, saying sorry can help make it better. Easy. (And I reckon it worked too).

Linguistic notes: Did Kevin Rudd say Yabarrah instead of Yarrabah?? When Brendan Nelson talked about 'involuntary sacrifices', is there such a thing? Is a sacrifice something that can only be made under your own volition?

4 comments:

bulanjdjan said...

Totally agree with you about *involuntary* sacrifice. Contradiction of terms if ever I heard one.

Rudd was great - feels like Australia has finally arrived. And I feel so relieved.

Wamut said...

Mami,

Did you see that only 9% would prefer Brendan Nelson as PM?

for all the kerfuffle about the apology, it seems like it's been accepted just fine (if not embraced). i just don't know why the previous government were so 'thing' about it...

r said...

Yep, Kev did stuble over Yarrabah. Also, Nelson said something odd about language, but I can't find a transcript of his speech anywhere. It seemed as though he was arguing that language differences were one of the intolerable difficulties the Europeans faced on arrival... I could be wrong though.

bulanjdjan said...

What's news, wamut?