Former Prime Minister and ANU alumnus Kevin Rudd at the ANU Reconciliation Lecture. Photo by Stuart Hay.

Former Prime Minister and ANU alumnus Kevin Rudd at the ANU Reconciliation Lecture. Photo by Stuart Hay.

The reconciliation path ahead

In 2008, Prime Minister KEVIN RUDD, BA (Asian Studies) (Hons) '81 made a ground-breaking formal apology to Australia's Indigenous peoples.

As the push for recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution intensifies, Rudd has placed himself at the heart of the debate, calling for a change that "must set wrongs to rights".

A familiar face at ANU, Rudd returned to the University to give the annual ANU Reconciliation Lecture, which you can read below.

You can also watch the full speech below.

Seven years ago, I said to the Parliament of Australia that "there comes a time in the history of nations, that in order to embrace fully their future, they must fully reconcile with their past".

Much has happened over the last seven years in our long journey of national reconciliation.

Much has not.

And much, much more needs to be done.

As seven is a number of biblical significance, both in the biblical narratives of creation and destruction, perhaps it is time to reflect on our progress and our prospects in this difficult but necessary journey we call "reconciliation".