Australia's Aborigines Seek Reparations

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Last week, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd led the country's parliament in a vote to formally apologize to Australia's indigenous people for past suffering — removing what Rudd called "a great stain on the nation's soul."

Now, Aborigine representatives have launched compensation lawsuits for victims of discrimination policies that lasted from 1910 until the late 1970s. There are calls for the establishment of a $1 billion compensation fund for what's called Australia's "Stolen Generation," but so far, Rudd has ruled out any form of compensation.



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