Ten years on from the apology to the Stolen Generation and still survivors have received no compensation for the trauma they endured.
It’s appalling that the Andrews Government has done nothing to address this on a state or federal level. The Greens will fight for justice for the Stolen Generation.
Between 1910 and 1970, around 100,000 Aboriginal children were forcibly taken from their loving families, and placed in institutions or white homes. This was done as part of the racist assimilation agenda, ‘White Australia’. Many of these children suffered abuse, degrading and racist behaviour, and thus deep trauma from what they endured and the loneliness of being separated from their family, culture and community.
Twenty one years on from the Bringing Them Home report, and 10 years on from the apology to the Stolen Generation, not only has the Federal Government failed to provide reparations, the Victorian Government is the only state in Australia that has not provided some kind of compensation scheme to survivors of the Stolen Generation.
The Victorian Greens will consult with members of the Stolen Generation to deliver a $110 million package of measures that meets their needs and aspirations. We envisage the package will include:
- $200,000 compensation for each Stolen Generation member, up to the value of $100 million over two years.
- $10m over 4 years, which will be used to create memorials, keeping places, dedicated aged care and other services required.
- Further consultation with communities regarding establishing Healing Places across the State.
This Victorian scheme will not fully compensate members of the Stolen Generation for the pain they have endured, but it will help bring some relief.