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.

Just because it wasn't a big deal to you doesn't mean it wasn't a big deal to and for the nation. The apology was controversial as not all Australians agreed with it, which is exactly the point I'm trying to make.

Apologies are important from both sides. The apologiser is basically acknowledging a wrongdoing and wants forgiveness from the apologisee.

Which is the problem I have with this. See my original statement so I don't have to type it out again.