Government Stolen Wages deadline disgraceful: Greens
23 November 2012
The Greens are calling on the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Hon Peter Collier MLC, to reconsider his refusal of a request by the Aboriginal Legal Service to extend the Stolen Wages Reparation Scheme’s 9 month deadline.
Deadlines for similar schemes in Queensland and New South Wales were 4 and 5 years.
“Refusing to extend the deadline is disgraceful,” said Greens MLC Alison Xamon.
“As the Minister for Indigenous Affairs of all people ought to know, making an application is not a simple matter of walking into an office and filling in a form. There are big challenges: Western Australia’s vast size and language/communication differences, not to mention the number of potential claimants being far greater than the resources available to assist them. Many people who could rightfully claim live in such remote areas they don’t even know the full details of the scheme yet.”
The 2008 Report of the Stolen Wages Taskforce examined how Government control between 1905 and 1972 over the wages and monies of Western Australian Aboriginal people affected their and their family’s lives then and now: http://dia.wa.gov.au/Documents/Stolen%20Wages/Report_of_the_Stolen_Wages_Taskforce_2008.pdf
“A reparation process that is inaccessible provides no reparation at all. It just rubs salt in the wound,” Ms Xamon concluded.
Hon Alison Xamon MLC
Member for the East Metropolitan Region
Office: 62 Eighth Ave Maylands WA 6051
Postal Address: PO Box 104 Maylands WA 6931
Phone: (08) 9272 1718
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