I am pleased that the Senate has today supported the Greens motion calling for a national reparations scheme for survivors of the Stolen Generations and their families.
“We know that members of the Stolen Generations face long-term disadvantage including poorer health and social outcomes, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“No amount of money can ever be enough for the pain and intergenerational trauma that was caused by the policies of many Australian Governments that took children from their parents and families, simply because they were Aboriginal.
“It is well and truly time that this was on the agenda.
“We need to take action to address the past wrongs and the terrible injustices.
“I call on my colleagues to work together, with First Nations peoples for a reparations scheme for survivors of the Stolen Generations and their families.”
The motion reads:
Senator Siewert to move
That the Senate:
(a) acknowledges the release of the report by Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the Healing Foundation, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: Numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes;
(i)that the report found that Australia’s Stolen Generations face long-term disadvantage for a range of measures, including poorer health and social outcomes, and
(ii) survivors of the Stolen Generations are three times more likely to have been imprisoned in the past five years;
(c) acknowledges that the negative effects of forced removal are not limited to those directly removed; descendants also consistently experience poorer health and social outcomes; and
(d) urges the Federal Government to urgently address the effects of unresolved intergenerational trauma, and implement a national reparations scheme for survivors of the Stolen Generations and their families.
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