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Sorry Day falls on the eve of Reconciliation Week,
by Malcolm Fraser

Sorry Day falls on the eve of Reconciliation Week,
giving us the chance to ask whether we are making progress
in the wider challenge of reconciling Indigenous and other Australians.
- Malcolm Fraser

Maoris now own over half the commercial fishing industry in New Zealand.
- Malcolm Fraser

We are seeing healing among the stolen generations,
and initiatives which are enabling Indigenous people
to make their distinctive contribution to our national life.
- Malcolm Fraser

Solutions will not be found while Indigenous people
are treated as victims for whom someone else must find solutions.
- Malcolm Fraser

 

We are lagging far behind comparable countries in overcoming
the disadvantages Indigenous people face.
- Malcolm Fraser

People die because they find living too painful.
- Malcolm Fraser

There are no quick fixes to Indigenous poverty and social disaster.
- Malcolm Fraser

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Reconciliation requires changes of heart and spirit,
as well as social and economic change.
It requires symbolic as well as practical action.
- Malcolm Fraser

Yet there are thousands of Indigenous people searching for family members.
- Malcolm Fraser

If we had, we would have realised sooner that Indigenous
organisations are sometimes not the appropriate channel
for programmes to help the stolen generations,
because many of them play little part in Indigenous associations.
- Malcolm Fraser

In the last twelve years, we have come some distance
towards reconciliation and the breaking down of disadvantage.
Let us take encouragement from what has been achieved
and set our minds and hearts to end the remaining roadblocks.
- Malcolm Fraser

Last year the National Sorry Day Committee consulted
with stolen generations people in every State and Territory,
and concluded that programmes set up in response to
the Bringing Them Home Report are reaching only a small
fraction of those they are intended to help.
- Malcolm Fraser

Three years ago the Government announced the creation of Reconciliation Place,
and said that it would include a memorial to those
removed from their families.
However, they refused to include any of those who were
removed in the design of their own memorial.
- Malcolm Fraser

Health economists have estimated that an injection
of $250 million per year in Indigenous clinical care,
and $50 million in preventative care,
is required to provide services at the same level as
for any other group with the health conditions of Indigenous Australians.
- Malcolm Fraser

Over 120 Aboriginal communities run their own health services -
some have been doing so for 30 years.
They struggle with difficult medical problems.
They also try to deal with counselling,
stolen generations issues, family relationships,
violence, suicide prevention.
- Malcolm Fraser

Love means not ever having to say you're sorry.
- Erich Segal

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

Keep courage. Whatever you do,
do not feel sorry for yourself.
You will win in a great age of opportunity.
- Richard L. Evans

Most truths are so naked
that people feel sorry for them
and cover them up,
at least a little bit.
- Edward R. Murrow

I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's
most effective criticism until you provoke him.
Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
- Henry David Thoreau

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors.
I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and
am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
- Winston Churchill

If people are good only because they
fear punishment, and hope for reward,
then we are a sorry lot indeed.
- Albert Einstein

He who marries for love without money
has good nights and sorry days.
- Anonymous

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home,
and let him make her sorry to see him leave.
- Martin Luther

I was born in very sorry circumstances.
Both of my parents were very sorry.
- Norman Wisdom

I am sorry to say that there is too much point to the wisecrack
that life is extinct on other planets
because their scientists were more advanced than ours.
- John F. Kennedy

Being sorry is the highest act of selfishness,
seeing value only after discarding it.
- Douglas Horton

Poor Andy Nave was killed.
He refused to surrender and was shot by Dick Fields.
I felt sorry as he used to be quite friendly towards me before the war,
but it could not be helped.
- Stand Watie

You know, I feel sorry for the young artists.
- Waylon Jennings

Except for the young or very happy, I can't say I am
sorry for anyone who dies.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

If I have any regrets, I could say that I'm sorry I
wasn't a better writer or a better singer.
- Patti Smith

What to do? We yanked the dress up over her lovely
attributes and with the addition of a scarf,
the problem was solved.
Sorry, guys, blame that stuffy censor.
He hated surprises.
- Audrey Meadows

Sorry; I have no space left for advice.
Just do it.
- Donald E. Westlake

I was very sorry when I found out that your intentions
were good and not what I supposed they were.
- Sitting Bull

It's never the wrong time to call on Toad.
Early or late he's always the same fellow.
Always good-tempered, always glad to see you,
always sorry when you go!
- Kenneth Grahame

Sylvia Plath was just a month and a half older than I,
and when she committed suicide I was only 30 -
and very shocked and sorry.
I never knew her personally.
- Anne Stevenson

Sorry, no, I'm never satisfied with my drumming.
- Pat Mastelotto

Love in the real world means saying you're sorry 10 times a day.
- Kathie Lee Gifford

Whenever I run into prejudice.
I smile and feel sorry for them, and I say to myself,
There's one more argument for birth control.
- Freddy Fender

Roger became a part of me, and when he went off the
deep end and became a mad snake,
I felt sorry for him.
- Michael Zaslow

Mostly I am sorry for the way I thought of other people.
Like a good general, I had treated everyone who wasn't with me as against me.
- Lee Atwater

One is sorry one could not have taken both branches of the road.
But we were not allotted multiple selves.
- Gore Vidal

I have to go make books.
Sorry about that.
- Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Words will not be able to ever express how sorry I am for this,
and I have profound regret and sorrow for the multitude
of mistakes and harm I have caused.
- Jack Abramoff

I think everyone holds back.
I am always censoring myself and I'm sorry about it.
But I always have to consider whether my remarks might cause someone pain.
- John Hall

We must have ideals and try to live up to them,
even if we never quite succeed.
Life would be a sorry business without them.
With them it's grand and great.
- Lucy Maud Montgomery

Sorry, but there is no pleasure in finding new ways
of saying the same stuff about projects which tanked.
- Alex Cox

No real English gentleman, in his secret soul,
was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.
- Walter Bagehot

I can wholeheartedly apologize for not being at all sorry.
And it really is the least I can do.
- April Winchell

I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without
ever having felt sorry for itself.
- David Herbert Lawrence

I don't like it, and I'm sorry I ever had anything to do with it.
- Erwin Schrodinger

A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.
- Ovid

I don't mind dying if I have to, but I'm damned if
I want to pay for the guarantee.
I'm sorry.
- Michael Landon

I am very sorry to say that I rejoiced when I once
more perceived the towers of Windsor behind me.
- Karl Philipp Moritz

The truth of the matter was that I made myself disappear.
I never liked being a Judge, so I just decided to start over.
Sorry to inconvenience anyone.
- Joseph Force Crater

If I turn on the television, am I to believe that that is America? I'm sorry,
I don't believe that's America.
- Karen Black

But in practice Australia - the pluralism of Australia -
sorry the sectarianism to an extent stopped at the
time you took your uniform off after coming home from school.
- Thomas Keneally

AIDS can destroy a family if you let it,
but luckily for my sister and me, Mom taught us to keep going.
Don't give up, be proud of who you are,
and never feel sorry for yourself.
- Ryan White

I'm sorry, if you were right, I'd agree with you.
- Robin Williams

I feel sorry for the person who can't get genuinely excited about his work.
Not only will he never be satisfied,
but he will never achieve anything worthwhile.
- Walter Chrysler

If you're going to do something tonight that you'll
be sorry for tomorrow morning,
sleep late.
- Henny Youngman

Now that we are cool, he said, and regret that we hurt each other,
I am not sorry that it happened.
- William Henry Hudson

I'm sorry, but I was born with a towel on my head.
- Charles Olson

Being Politically Correct means always having to say you're sorry.
- Charles Osgood

I'm not full of malice, but I do dislike Neil Diamond a lot,
and I'm sorry that I've done a Neil Diamond song.
- Robert Wyatt

I'm sorry I'm not gay or Jewish, so I don't have a
special interest group of journalists that support me.
- Vincent Gallo

It's too hard for me to comment on the sorry state of our culture.
- Trevor Dunn

How does one know if she has forgiven? You tend to
feel sorrow over the circumstance instead of rage,
you tend to feel sorry for the person rather than angry with him.
You tend to have nothing left to say about it all.
- Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Among the reasons people keep sad stories to themselves
is that they do not want anyone to feel sorry for them.
I don't.
I don't want you to feel sorry for me.
- Judith Moore

Sorry if i spit on ya'll...
I kinda have a problem with doing that.
- Joel Madden

I feel sorry for these kids in bands.
Everything is so disposable nowadays.
These kids don't even get 15 minutes of fame,
it's like a minute and a half.
- Zakk Wylde


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