Yes, it was the larger part of the apology,
Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.
We reflect on their past mistreatment.
We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were Stolen Generations – this blemished chapter in our national history.
but the Stolen Generations had to be instigated by British rule, as the process was largely carried out between 1869 and 1969. Some instances also happened in the 70's.
As the former colonial power until the Australian colonies came together as a federation in 1901, Britain should also apologise for Aboriginal children being sent to foster families and institutions, said prominent human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson, QC.
LINK - The Telegraph
British MP's seem to agree with me.
British MPs’ motion to support Australia’s ‘sorry’ to Indigenous Australians
21 February 2008 - EDM 1000 tabled in the British parliament
That this House recalls Great Britain's role in the colonisation, settlement and early governance of Australia; acknowledges Great Britain's responsibility for the suffering and degradation inflicted on indigenous Australians including the removal of indigenous human remains and material culture; supports the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, in his apology to the stolen generations and other indigenous Australians for the pain, loss, deprivation and abuse they have suffered; recognises the continuing strength and vitality of the indigenous peoples of Australia and their culture; supports the Australian government's commitment to recognising the special status of Australia's indigenous peoples and tackling the inequalities still facing indigenous Australians.
I still feel Britain should have been there with Australia on this.