Ashleigh Wilson; 8/5/08
A Sydney councillor has criticised a playground sculpture for featuring an extract from Paul Keating’s Redfern speech, claiming the words were a “real guilt trip” to non-indigenous Australians who had already apologised to the Stolen Generations. Shayne Mallard, a Liberal member of the Sydney City Council, last night said the former prime minister’s message was inappropriate for a children’s playground. “This is political correctness going mad when you put this in the playground,” Mr Mallard said. “What happened to the age of innocence?” The sculpture, by indigenous artist Fiona Foley, includes several lines from Mr Keating’s acclaimed speech in the Sydney suburb of Redfern in 1992.