Just over three hundred people who were taken from their families as children by South Australian authorities have now been compensated by the state government. The SA Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme has been finalised, handing out around $9 million to individual Stolen Generations Survivors in some recognition of their pain and suffering.
On the program this week, Lucy Kingston speaks to the man tasked with deciding on payments under the scheme, the Indpendent Assessor for the Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme, former politician John Hill. He explains how the scheme came about, how the big decisions were made, what the outcomes of the scheme were and what else might need to happen to support the families of Stolen Generations survivors.
Image top: Pictured after the tabling of the Independent Assessor’s Report on the SA Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme (SGRS) in SA Parliament on 12 February 2019, are members of SA Stolen Generations and others. From left, Brendan Moran, Journey of Healing SA Chair John Browne, Sarah Avey, Keryn Maloney, SA Premier Steven Marshall, Commissioner Roger Thomas, SGRS Independent Assessor the Hon John Hill, Christine Doolan of the SA Circle of Hope, Blackwood Reconciliation Group Chair Allen Edwards, Brian Butler, Lou Turner of the Healing Foundation (SA), Stephanie Gollan, Dr Jenni Caruso of the SA Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation, Nerida Saunders, Martha Watts, Kim Morey, Marc Bowden, Maria Atkins, and SA Opposition Leader Peter Malinauskas.