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Inquiry into the Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme Bills

The submission to the Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee (the Senate Committee) in relation to its inquiry into the Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme (Facilitation) Bill 2021 (the Facilitation Bill) and the Territories Stolen Generations Redress Scheme (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2021 (the Consequential Amendments Bill) was prepared by the Law Council of Australia. 

It welcomes the announcement of a Stolen Generations Redress Scheme in the Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory and Jervis Bay Territory.1

The scheme is an important step forward in recognising the harm caused by the forcible removals of children from their families and culture in these territories, as well as the complex and specific needs of survivors in any path towards healing.

The scheme has the opportunity to provide, as the Healing Foundation has recognised, ‘long overdue’, ‘practical support’ for survivors to enable them to operate ‘more from places of strength rather than places of distress’. 2

Noting that the Australian history of forcible child removals must be understood as ‘having included gross violations of human rights’, the Law Council considers the scheme an important reflection of the responsibility that rests with the Australian Government under international law to provide effective remedies and just reparations to survivors. 3

You can read the full submission below. 

1 See Law Council of Australia, Closing the Gap: additional funding a step in the right direction (Media Release, 6 August 2021).

2 ‘Reparations for Stolen Generations Survivors’, ABC News (Dan Bourchier in conversation with the Healing Foundation CEO Fiona Cornforth, 13 August 2021) .

3 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, ‘Part 4 – Reparation: Chapter 14 – Making Reparation’, Bringing them Home: Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families (April 1997).


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