SA reparations scheme for Stolen Generations

The South Australian Government recently announced an $11 million Stolen Generations reparations fund.

The fund will enable the state to begin remedying the harm suffered by members of Stolen Generations and helping those in South Australia to commence the healing process.

Chief Executive Officer of Reconciliation Australia, Mr Justin Mohamed, said the South Australian reparations scheme represents a meaningful step forward for reconciliation in Australia.

“Recognition of, and compensation for, historical wrongs are a crucial part of the reconciliation process and this significant action by the South Australian Government will contribute greatly to achieving our vision for a reconciled, just and equitable nation,” he said.

“Reparations for Aboriginal communities removed from their families was a key finding in the 1997 Bringing Them Home report. Nearly 20 years on, it is extremely significant to see this recommendation being put into practice in South Australia and we hope this scheme will be replicated across the country.”

The state of South Australia has long been one of the leaders in reconciliation in Australia and this announcement is just one example of the state’s firm commitment to reconciliation.

“In 1997, the South Australian Parliament led the way by apologising to members of the Stolen Generations, and the South Australian Government has implemented many policies and programs focused on building reconciliation,” said Mr Mohamed.

“In 2008, Adelaide City Council became one of the first local governments to join Reconciliation Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan program and remains one of most committed partners.

“Reconciliation Australia looks forward to seeing South Australia continue its leadership in reconciliation and achieving positive outcomes as part of the Next Steps – Stolen Generations Reparation Scheme.

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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