Addressing a packed House of Representatives this morning, Mr Rudd said the Parliament apologised for laws and policies which had "inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians."
"For the pain, suffering and hurt of these Stolen Generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry," he said.
"To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry".
"And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry."
As a mother, and an Australian, I feel very proud of my country today. We finally had the grace to take this hughely significant step. Onwards and upwards!