It is interesting to see, on ABC TV (Monday 11 Feb) the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd visiting farmers and talking about the need for extra assistance, but having a completely different set of standards when it comes to ‘assistance’ for those members and families of the Stolen Generations who require help to rebalance their lives.
These double standards have marred decision-making in Australia’s Parliament’s for far too long. There are plenty of calls for compensation, it is not as though the message is hard to hear.
The Apology is a good step in the healing direction – “Take the second step.”
From ABC Website:
“Tasmanian Aboriginal leader Michael Mansell has called on the Federal Government to establish a $1 billion compensation fund for the Stolen Generations. “There are 13,000 Aboriginal children who are now grown up who were the victims and I think those 13,000 should share in a billion dollar fund set up by the Commonwealth Government,” Mr mansell said.
“It should ensure that each of the states and the territories contribute their share,” he said.”
(full story – http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/10/2158747.htm)
The National Aboriginal Alliance says the Federal Government should go further than this week’s apology to Indigenous Australians and award compensation.