If an apology wasn't an important matter, it would never have to be made or received by anyone, because it would mean nothing.

Don't be naive. When the Aboriginals got their apology from the white Aussies, it was a very big deal, and in fact, a historic moment in Australian history.

The political arena is one place where words are *very* important and carry a lot of weight. Anyone who thinks otherwise is a fool. Or trolling.

Big deal? Yeah right. I remember that. I spent 5 minutes talking about it in class then I never talked about it again and forgot about it until a few days ago when it was mentioned in the news.

Apologies are only important to those receiving the apology. In politics it's always better to apologise than do nothing. Apologies cost nothing but they look like as though you're actually doing something.