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  • Dec 26, 2014
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Racism in Australia

Apologising politely

None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. The courteous thing to do when we are wrong is to apologise politely.

A polite apology does not need to be long and dramatic. It should be short and simple and to the point.

Wednesday, 27 July, 2011, 12:00am

Day of atonement arrives for Stolen Generation

When Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd stands up in Parliament today, Debra Hocking will be one of hundreds of thousands of Aborigines who will be glued to their television.

13 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Saying sorry

Regina Ip's apology for her handling of Article 23 came after a series of controversial comments on the national security legislation

I am aware that I made mistakes in promoting that bill. I made remarks which might have been unnecessarily provocative. I wish to tender my sincere apologies to those who were disturbed

- while declaring her candidacy yesterday

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Apology to tour guides questioned

The media yesterday questioned the motivation behind a Guilin party-controlled newspaper's open apology to the city's tour guides for accusations last week that they ripped off visitors.

1 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Apologising and making excuses


25 May 2007 - 12:00am

Planner of Chinese restaurant bombings jailed

Australian authorities believe they have broken the back of a white supremacist group after the imprisonment yesterday of its deputy leader for plotting to firebomb Chinese restaurants.

25 May 2007 - 12:00am

Minister defends exemptions in race bill

There had been a lot of misunderstanding and distortions of the Race Discrimination Bill, the home affairs minister said yesterday as the Legislative Council gave the draft legislation its first reading.

Patrick Ho Chi-ping said he disagreed with criticism that the protection the bill offered minorities had been severely weakened because of the exemptions it contains.

14 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Asians struggle to fit in: survey

Australians believe Asian immigrants integrate less well into society than Muslim immigrants from the Middle East, a survey has found.

Newcomers from the Middle East were seen as marginally better at integrating than Asians, despite fear and suspicion created by the 9/11 attacks, the Bali bombings and various homegrown terrorist plots.

25 May 2006 - 12:00am

Three important words you should know

'Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.'

- former British prime minister Benjamin Disraeli

10 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Supremacist in court after weeks on run

An Australian white supremacist accused of plotting to firebomb four Chinese restaurants appeared in court yesterday following his capture after six weeks on the run.

Police found Jack van Tongeren, 58, hiding in bushland southeast of Perth, Western Australia, with a fellow member of the neo-Nazi Australian Nationalist Movement, Matthew Billing.

6 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

In Brief

researchers to come under closer scrutiny

11 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Dream Date

Why do girls always seem to take ages?

I have no idea.

Hey look, there they are. Finally!

Sorry we're so late! We missed the bus and had to wait ages for the next one.

All right, let's go.

OK, but you could at least tell us where we're going.

15 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Words that are related

Fill in the blanks with variations of the words in brackets. The first one has been done for you as an example.

1. Are you sure that you have the ability to do this? [able]

2. We must make sure the building can be used easily by _________ people. [able]

3. I'm sorry, but we are __________ to help you. [able]

28 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

EOC will probably be given task of overseeing new anti-race law

Public consultation on the major bill is still a few months off, says official

The anti-racism law will probably be administered by the Equal Opportunities Commission rather than a new enforcement body, the government has said.

22 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Memories of a stolen past

WITH EQUALITY BEING a much-emphasised part of most societies these days, it's easy to forget how, somewhere in the not too distant past, men and women argued over equal rights, and people struggled against racism. Among these recent battles was the 'containment' of the aborigines that happened from about 1920 to 1970 in Australia.

13 Apr 2003 - 12:00am