Australia is a country that keeps apologising.
We have apologised for the stolen generation.
We are sorry for what happened to child migrants.
We have apologised for stealing the babies from single mothers and having them adopted out.
Authorities are apologising far too often for yet another Aboriginal death in custody.
Many institutions are now apologising (having been dragged kicking and screaming) for the horrific sexual abuse of children in their care.
We are sorry about the way gay people were treated and it looks like we may soon be very sorry the police did not adequately investigate a spate of apparent gay suicides in Sydney a few decades ago.
We are very sorry, our representatives opine earnestly with suitably solemn looks on their faces.
We must root out the wrongdoers, we must examine our systems and processes.
We must make sure that such behaviour never occurs again. Everybody weeps and metaphorically tears at their hair, rends their garments and piles their heads with sackcloth and ashes.
And then, job done, satisfied with what good people we are, we blithely get on with our lives as if absolutely nothing has happened.
And, given last night’s horrific Four Corners program exposing appalling abuse of (mostly) indigenous children in juvenile detention in the NT, it seems nothing has.
Four Corners revealed the brutal treatment of children in youth detention facilities in the Northern Territory. Post continues after video.
A Royal Commission has been called for and, this morning, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that one will be instituted.