Greens Aboriginal Affairs spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC, who has championed Stolen Generations compensation since she entered the Parliament in 2010, has welcomed the Government’s announcement today of a long-overdue Stolen Generations reparations scheme.
“Today’s announcement of an $11 million Stolen Generations reparations fund is a welcome, important and long-overdue reform,” Ms Franks said.
Ms Franks first put forward a Bill for Stolen Generations reparations in her first year in the State Parliament in 2010, which was followed by a referral of that Bill to the Aboriginal Lands Standing Committee for inquiry and growing support across the Parliament for such a scheme. The Liberal Opposition then introduced a Bill in 2014 and again this year, which was supported by The Greens.
“It is heartening to see the Weatherill Government finally take the Stolen Generations apology words and put them into action with, at long last, a reparations scheme.
“I commend the leadership of Minister Maher on this issue. Sorry doesn’t just mean never doing it again, it also means truly making amends.
“Forcing members of the Stolen Generations through the adversarial courts system, as we are currently doing, is causing further harm to vulnerable victims of previous Government practices that caused them immeasurable harm.
“Taking this out of the courts, for those that choose to, will be a healing step and a welcome step forward.
“We’ve got a long way to go until we have reconciliation in this nation, but this is a step in the right direction on that long journey to justice,” Ms Franks concluded.