Equality and Justice for All

“For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.” - Apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples, 13 February 2008

Kevin is a resolute advocate for equality and justice around the world, for all people, in all walks of life. He has fought for equal rights for women, for indigenous peoples and over the last several years for marriage equality.

The National Apology to the Stolen Generations in Australia, promised shortly after he was elected as Prime Minister, was delivered on 13 February 2008, on the opening day of the Australian Parliament. Witnessed by millions across the country, the apology was a vital step in healing a rift in Australian society and moving the country towards greater reconciliation.

In that speech, he committed successor Prime Ministers to delivering annual statements to the parliament outlining progress or regress in meeting the "closing the gap" targets he outlined in his original apology statement. There have now been 8 such annual reports, adding a new level of national transparency to what is truly happening in indigenous health, education, employment and housing.

Understanding that the apology was only a first step in healing, Kevin established the National Apology Foundation for Indigenous Australians (NAFIA) to continue the work of reconciliation and deliver justice to indigenous Australians. To this day, Kevin marks the anniversary of the apology each 13 February by revisiting this powerful landmark occasion, and critically assessing the progress made in the annual closing the gap report.

In addition to fighting racism, Kevin has been a strong supporter of gay rights and LGBT communities around the world. 
In 2013, before returning to the Prime Ministership, Kevin declared his support for marriage equality and campaigned strongly for same-sex marriage in the subsequent national elections.

As Prime Minister, Kevin was challenged on his stance supporting marriage equality, and he responded passionately that homosexuality was a natural condition and that he would be taking steps to legalise same-sex marriage. Recognising the religious debates surrounding gay rights, Kevin reiterated that his stance had come after years of reflection in good Christian conscience - that we should seek to embrace the diversity and uniqueness in all of us.

Kevin is also a long-term supporter of gender equality - find out more about his work here.

Knowing that there is significant work to be done globally to promote diversity and tolerance, while fighting racism and homophobia, Kevin continues to dedicate time to inspiring young people from all walks of life to adopt 21st century views that promote peace and prosperity across nations, races, genders and sexual orientations.

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