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Senate supports motion for national reparations scheme for survivors of the Stolen Generations and their families

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;

(b)recognises:

(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.

 Media contact: Lucy Cowcher-Guthrie 0418 401 180 

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