Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse

  Media Release Witness submissions – Royal Commission into Institutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse- Northern Territory Stolen Generation Aboriginal Corporation (NTSGAC)   This week NTSGAC Deputy Chairperson Maurie Ryan is attending the Royal Commission public hearing to be held in Sydney, commencing on Wednesday 25 March 2015 and concluding on Friday 27 March 2015, to further examine the issues raised in the provision of effective redress and civil litigation to survivors of child sexual abuse in Government sanctioned institutions. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recently asked for submissions regarding “Redress and Civil Litigation”. NTSGAC submitted a submission and has been invited to speak as a witness at the Redress Public Hearing in Sydney this week. This is NTSGAC opportunity to speak to our submission- the NTSGAC is free to speak about issues that we feel most strongly about. This is NTSGAC opportunity to get our key message about redress across. We are hoping this hearing will recognize the past justly and be ‘forward looking’, and more about what is needed to support the NTSGAC moving forward to create healthy Aboriginal people and families. All 6 commissioners will sit on this hearing, demonstrating what a critical issue this is for the Royal Commission. The NTSGAC will continue to call for a Therapeutic Healing Centre for the Stolen Generation members and their descendants developed and implemented by the NTSGAC.   Media Contacts: Ms Eileen Cummings – NTSGAC Chairperson – 0408 772 180 Maurie Ryan – NTSGAC Deputy Chairperson – 0431 534 164  Media Release NTSGAC – Royal Commission Child Sexual Abuse...

STILL NO REDRESS FOR THE STOLEN GENERATIONS

MEDIA RELEASE  Still no redress for the Stolen Generations Seven years after the National Apology 13 February 2015 Marks the 7th Anniversary of the National Apology     “For us [Australians], symbolism is important but, unless the great symbolism of reconciliation is accompanied by an even greater substance, it is little more than a clanging gong. It is not sentiment that makes history; it is our actions that make history.” (Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, 13 February 2008) To mark the seventh anniversary of the Federal Government’s National Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples, the Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation today welcomes the call by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for a national scheme of redress and compensation. The Stolen Generations have been fighting for this outcome for decades with no significant action by the Territory and Federal governments. The debate about who is technically responsible is nonsense. The moral imperative is that all levels of government work together in consultation with the Stolen Generations to correct this injustice and heal the inter-generational trauma that continues to this day. The Stolen Generations call on all governments to put words into action by paying compensation and redress for the damage caused to its members “in their lifetimes”.  Prime Minister Tony Abbott can make history today by fully implementing all recommendations of Bringing Them Home Report, which may help ease the lifelong grief and sorrow of the hundreds of Aboriginal people forcibly removed from their mothers, country and culture, and placed in government-run and government-sanctioned institutions. Stolen Generations from other jurisdictions have received some form of monetary...