Apology progress report is put on hold

FEDERAL MP Janelle Saffin knows the day Kevin Rudd said 'sorry' was a day most people will never forget.

Speaking from Parliament, Ms Saffin said one year on and locals were telling her it was the day they were able to move forward and start the healing process.

“It was, and remains, a potent symbol for reconciliation,” Ms Saffin said.

Mr Rudd was expected to comment on Labor's progress on the eve of the first anniversary of the formal apology to the Stolen Generations last night.

But the report was delayed because of the Victorian bushfires, a spokeswoman for Mr Rudd said.

In recognition of the anniversary, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags will be flown beside the Australian flag at Parliament House and on government buildings today.

The North Coast Area Health Service Population Health Unit is unveiling Aboriginal Nations maps in six sites across the area today.

The day will be marked by dedicating a wall to the apology and sharing of local stories and dreamtime at 31 Uralba Street, Lismore, at 10.45am.

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