I rise in recognition of National Sorry Day. This day was first marked in 1998, and it gives me great pleasure as both a member of Parliament and a first-generation Australian to have the opportunity to recognise National Sorry Day, not because I am at all happy about the plight of our Indigenous people in this day and age but because, like many other first-generation Australians, I think it is an issue we need to talk about to ensure that Australians from any generation and background are able to understand why we need to keep working to assist our Indigenous population in looking after themselves, as other speakers have said, in relation to self-determination and other issues.
It would be remiss of me not to recognise the efforts of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on this issue, particularly his apology to the stolen generations in 2008. I also recognise former Prime Minister Paul Keating for his great work with our Indigenous community. What we have done in the past is well and good, but we need to keep working for the future. With that in mind, I wish to pay my respects to our Indigenous population.