[Episode 1 | 2008 : Laura]
Laura and her family are at the community centre to listen to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s address to Indigenous people apologising for decades of government policy that allowed children to be stolen from their families. However, Laura is more concerned with the apology she needs to make to Michaelis.
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In this clip, Laura looks at the faces of family and friends watching the apology at the local community centre and observes their reactions. The expressions on the faces of people in the clip demonstrate strong feelings about it. These facial expressions and gestures are emotional signposts.
The removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their parents was the accepted practice of state and federal governments. In 1997, the Bringing them home report focused on the practices of government from 1910–1970. On 13 February 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologised for the pain caused by decades of state-sponsored mistreatment of Indigenous Australians and the continuing impact on Australian society.