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How a Stolen Generations survivor became ‘one of the lucky ones’

Michael McLeod was “in a daze, in tears” after he heard the then-prime minister Kevin Rudd say sorry for the lifetime of trauma suffered by Aboriginal children who had been removed from their families.

“I never thought I would hear the apology being given by a prime minister, in my lifetime. That was just so intense, to be there and witness it,” said the Ngarrindjeri Monaro businessman.

Tuesday marks 16 years since Mr Rudd delivered a motion in parliament offering an apology on behalf of the nation:

“For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry. To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry. And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.”