Stolen Generations Reparations

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will ensure the Reparation Scheme makes payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible.

The Problem

In 2014 the State Liberals introduced legislation to provide ex-gratia financial compensation to eligible members of the stolen generation who were removed from their families.

Eventually, in 2016, the Weatherill Government called for applications for payments through a Stolen Generation Reparation Scheme.

The Liberals have continued to support compensation payments as an important bipartisan issue but the process is taking too long.

During the 2017 Parliamentary Budget Estimates Committee, our questions revealed that about $400,000 had been spent on administration, but none of the almost 450 applicants had been advised whether they would receive compensation.

Nor had the Government determined how much each successful applicant would receive.

The State Liberals' Plan

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will ensure the Reparation Scheme makes payments to successful applicants as quickly as possible.

Two years is too long to wait.

We will complete the consideration of individual applications then ensure that applications for whole-of-community reparations are also finalised expeditiously.

It was a Liberal Government in 1997 that initiated a State Parliament’s first apology to the Stolen Generation.

Our support for a reparations scheme has kept South Australia at the forefront of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.

I have had a long-standing commitment to reconciliation in South Australia as a Board Member of Reconciliation SA and through annual visits to the APY Lands for the past seven years since my election to Parliament.

It is important that we continue to work to improve the welfare of Aboriginal people.

Part of our plan for SA