Senator Rachel Siewert Australian Greens Senator for WA
Monday 31st August 2009
Greens support Forgotten Australians apology
The Australian Greens have welcomed the Government’s commitment to an apology to the ‘Forgotten Australians’, and said they are keen to work with the Government and Opposition on the apology.
“A formal statement of acknowledgement and an apology to the children who suffered hurt and distress or abuse and assault in institutional care is a welcome step on the way towards recovery,” said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.
“I have been very concerned about the lack of progress in implementation of the recommendations of the Lost Innocents and Forgotten Australians reports as identified during the Senate Community Affairs Committee’s recent inquiry into progress on these reports.”
“The committee made 16 recommendations for further work that we believe needs to be done – first and foremost being a formal apology,” said Senator Siewert.
“There also needs to be further work done in the provision of redress schemes in some states that do not yet have redress schemes. We need Commonwealth leadership in this area to encourage these states to pursue putting in place redress schemes.”
“The churches also need to take steps to ensure that the processes for handling abuse allegations are consistent across all jurisdictions across this country. There needs to be greater action by the churches and religious organisations in providing support, redress and reparations to the children who were in their care.”
“I’m very pleased to hear the Government intends to make a formal apology, and strongly encourage implementation of the other recommendations in the Community Affairs Committee report” said Senator Siewert.
Senator Siewert is chair of the Senate standing committee on Community Affairs
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