Friday, February 08, 2008

'Sorry' shown on giant screens and TV - The Australian - 8th Feb 2008

KEVIN Rudd's apology to the Stolen Generations will be broadcast on giant TV screens in Sydney and Melbourne.

Wednesday's apology, from Parliament House in Canberra, will also be aired live on ABC television and radio and SBS television.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin said special arrangements were being put in place for the thousands of people expected to descend on parliament for the apology.

“To make sure everyone can join in the spirit of the day, big screens are being erected on the lawns in front of Parliament House,” Ms Macklin said.

“Only around 800 people can be accommodated inside Parliament House, including the Great Hall and theatrette, so people wanting to be there on the day should consider watching from the lawn.”

The proceedings are scheduled to start at 9am (AEDT), when the Prime Minister will move a motion of apology on behalf of the Australian parliament.

Along Commonwealth Avenue and Kings Avenue in Canberra the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be raised.

The event will also be broadcast on giant screens in Sydney and Melbourne.

After the apology, indigenous performers including country music singer Troy Cassar-Daly will entertain the crowds.

Events acknowledging and celebrating the national apology were being planned by state and territory governments around the country, Ms Macklin said.


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