# Australia has made a historical apology to its aboriginal people for their past suffering as a result of the country’s laws and policies.
# Apology envisions future where gaps among ‘all Australians’ are closed.
# Conservatives fear that Aboriginal compensation claims will now gain new vigor and Australians will be sorry for many generations for offering this apology now
# Former Prime Minister John Howard refused to offer an apology, saying the current generation should not be held accountable for past misdeeds. He instead issued a statement of regret.