The traumatic effects of forced removal and separation from families, communities and culture have been severe and long-lasting for the Stolen Generations and their descendants.
Labor will recognise and respond to the legacy of pain and trauma that the Stolen Generations and their families continue to experience today.
The compensation scheme will provide ex-gratia payments of $75,000 to Stolen Generations survivors who were removed from their families. Labor will also establish a Funeral Assistance Fund to provide one-off payments of $7,000 to Stolen Generations members to assist with the cost of their funerals.
The compensation scheme will be accessible to about 150 surviving members of the Stolen Generations in the Northern Territory and any Stolen Generations survivors in the ACT and Jervis Bay.
Labor’s Stolen Generations compensation scheme deals with the unfinished business of the National Apology and responds to the third recommendation of the Bringing Them Home report in 1997.
A Shorten Labor Government will also establish a $10 million National Healing Fund to support healing for the Stolen Generations and their families – in recognition of the inter-generational effects of forced removal.
The fund will be administered by the Healing Foundation – an Indigenous-run organisation that supports the ongoing needs of the Stolen Generations with services such as counselling, family reunion, return to country, and support for elderly survivors.
We will pay for these commitments by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.