Earlier in August, the Commonwealth government announced a reparations scheme for Stolen Generations survivors in the Northern Territory, Jervis Bay and the ACT. While well-intended, this scheme suffers from the same fatal flaw as similar schemes in other states in that not every eligible person will qualify. Due to the government’s misplaced faith in the records of child removal policies, possibly less than half the elderly Stolen Generations survivors will qualify under the current compensation packages.
Redress payments for #StolenGenerations survivors, who were taken from Commonwealth territories have given rise to calls for Queensland and Western Australia to follow suit #qldpol #wapol #auspol https://t.co/7pqPGENaMM— Healing Foundation (@HealingOurWay) August 16, 2021
The Healing Foundation has created resources and programs that strengthen cultural identity and improve the social and emotional wellbeing of our young people #IntergenerationalHealing #MakeHealingHappen #IndigenousLiteracyDay https://t.co/HwALcaYCFz pic.twitter.com/cz4OXtatZn— Healing Foundation (@HealingOurWay) September 1, 2021
State governments need to amend the criteria to consider the plight of those Stolen Generations survivors whose histories haven’t be documented. The latest redress scheme inches forward the long struggle for justice for the Stolen Generations. But at present, we can’t even call it a half-step forward until the federal and state governments properly review all of their files relating to Aboriginal state wards and compensate survivors properly and equally.
Australia is paying out close to $379 million to Indigenous people to address the forced removal of children from their families.— indianz.com (@indianz) September 3, 2021
Tune into Native America Calling to learn more about the Stolen Generations. @180099native #StolenGenerations #Australia https://t.co/ubEbV8zfBo
Peter Read is a Professor of History at Australian National University. Lizzie May is Chairperson of Link-Up (NSW) Aboriginal Corporation, Indigenous Knowledge
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.
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