The Liberal Democrats have launched a parody of Kevin Rudd's apology speech in a bid to raise the profile of taxes and spending as election issues.
Kevin Rudd's historic stolen generations apology speech has been parodied in a new election video by the Liberal Democrats.
The former prime minister on February 13, 2008, apologised for the "hurt, pain and suffering" the parliament had caused indigenous people.
Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm on Monday released a three-minute election video apologising to Australian taxpayers for the "needless pain, suffering and hurt" caused by government taxes and regulation.
"At long last we acknowledge the mistreatment of Australian taxpayers, amongst the longest suffering peoples on this land," he says.
"We reflect, in particular, on the systematic punishment meted out to wealth creators and of the relentless grab of their hard-earned money.
"On behalf of my fellow legislators, past and present, I apologise for the laws and policies of successive coalition and Labor governments that have inflicted a profound loss of wealth on its citizens and deprived them of their liberties."
Senator Leyonhjelm asks for a minute to reflect on how money had been wasted on middle-class welfare, two million public servants and failed Aboriginal welfare spending.
"The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia's history by writing the wrongs of the past," the NSW senator says.
The LDP, whose sole representative in the federal parliament is Senator Leyonhjelm, is campaigning on a 20 per cent flat tax on income and companies, abolition of import tariffs and the scrapping of taxes on alcohol, tobacco and fuel.