Australia to pay reparations to ‘Stolen Generations’

Written by on August 5, 2021

Australia has agreed to pay reparations to the Stolen Generations – the people taken as children from their homes and forced to live with white families [File: Trevor Collens/AFP]

The announcement comes three months after families began legal action over the policy of forced assimilation that continued into the 1970s.

Australia has agreed to pay reparations to the Stolen Generations – the people taken as children from their homes and forced to live with white families [File: Trevor Collens/AFP]

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced a reparations fund for some members of the “Stolen Generations” – the Indigenous Australians who were forcibly removed from their homes as children – three months after a group of Indigenous people began legal action for compensation.

Morrison told Parliament on Thursday that 378.6 million Australian dollars ($279.97m) would be allocated to redress the human damage of the policy, including one-off payments of 75,000 Australian dollars for its victims.

Thousands of young children of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin were taken from their homes and put in foster care with white families under an official assimilation policy that Australia continued to pursue into the 1970s. Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology for what had happened in 2008 describing it as a “great strain on the nation’s soul”.

The Healing Foundation, a campaign group for the Stolen Generation said the reparations were a “major step” towards addressing the harm caused to Indigenous Australians by government policies and were long overdue.


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