Stolen Generations Compensation

The Hon. T.A. FRANKS (14:44:09): My question is to the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation. One year after the Liberal Bill for a stolen generations compensation scheme passed this place, two years after the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee report supported such a scheme and, indeed, five years after my private member's Bill for a stolen generations reparations tribunal was introduced into this place, on the day that the Liberal Party has reintroduced that Bill that passed the Legislative Council, will the Weatherill Government announce their plan for a stolen generations compensation scheme? If they do not have a plan, will they simply get out of the way and follow the leadership of those other people in this Parliament to ensure that we have a stolen generation compensation scheme by 2016?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Manufacturing and Innovation, Minister for Automotive Transformation, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation) (14:44:56): I thank the honourable member for her question on this again and I will repeat what I said when she asked this a couple of sitting weeks ago and a couple of sitting weeks before that. This is a very important issue and we are looking at it. I will just make the comment that the Premier talked about, and the Deputy Premier has echoed in recent weeks, in relation to a stolen generations compensation scheme, 'We're really down to the point where we're discussing what the fine grain of that solution will look like.' I'm pleased to be part of a government that is looking to do something in this area, but to do it in a more comprehensive way and get it right.

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