INDIGENOUS LEADER CALLS ON QUEENSLAND AND W.A.TO IMPLEMENT REDRESS SCHEMES

Pat Turner, convener of a coalition of 51 Indigenous organisations, has demanded Queensland and Western Australia implement redress schemes for the Stolen Generations. She was speaking after the federal government revealed its response to the new national agreement on Closing the Gap, which has been designed with leading Indigenous bodies represented by the Coalition of Peaks. Pat Turner, convener of a coalition of 51 Indigenous organisations, demanded Queensland and Western Australia implement redress schemes for the Stolen Generations. Mr Morrison and Anthony Albanese spoke in parliament after the federal government revealed its response to the new national agreement on Closing the Gap, which has been designed with leading Indigenous bodies represented by the Coalition of Peaks.

The government’s plan includes more than $1bn in new funding and involves a $378m redress scheme for victims of the Stolen Generations in the Northern Territory and the ACT. Ms Turner, the Coalition of Peaks convener, said “time’s up” for Queensland and Western Australia to implement their own redress schemes. Queensland and WA are the only states that do not have redress schemes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people taken from their families under historic policies.  “Time’s up for redress of the Stolen Generations. You have to follow the other jurisdictions throughout Australia,” she said. “You are the last ones to come on board and it’s high time that you did the right thing in a human rights context to make sure that our people are receiving the right redress as soon as they can.”

In WA, the previous Barnett Liberal government attempted a redress scheme in 2010 but it was heavily criticised. The maximum payout was reduced from $80,000 to $45,000 and the scheme was not accompanied by any counselling or other support. This was a serious flaw, according to Parkerville Children and Care co-director Tony Hansen. “Money is important but people need that help to end the trauma,” he said. Queensland’s minister responsible for Indigenous affairs, Craig Crawford, said the Palaszczuk government would closely monitor the federal government’s Closing the Gap response, which includes the redress scheme. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hailed the $1 billion Closing the Gap Implementation Plan as an “important partnership” with Indigenous Australians.

Source: Compiled by APN from media reports

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