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LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL

General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3

Reparations for the Stolen Generations in New South Wales Unfinished business

Ordered to be printed 23 June 2016

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New South Wales Parliamentary Library cataloguing-in-publication data: New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Council. General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3 Reparations for the Stolen Generations in New South Wales / General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3 [Sydney, N.S.W.] : the Committee, 2016. xxvi, 270 pages ; 30 cm. (Report no. 34 / General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3) “June 2016”. Chair: Ms Jan Barham, MLC. ISBN 9781922258151 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

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Stolen generations (Australia)—New South Wales. Children, Aboriginal Australian—Institutional care—New South Wales—History. Children, Aboriginal Australian—New South Wales—History Aboriginal Australians—Government policy—New South Wales—History. Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of—History. Aboriginal Australians—Removal. Barham, Jan. Title. Series: New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Council. General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3. Report ; no. 34

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Acknowledgements Artwork The original artwork on the cover of this report, entitled ‘Trees of Home’, was provided by artist Kim Healey, a descendant of the Bundjalung and Gumbaynggirr nations and a descendant of the Djunbun (Platypus) Clan. Ms Healey provided the following meaning for this artwork: “With a contemporary reflective palette trees of home encapsulates our history that holds our memories within these ancient vessels”. Permission from the artist to crop and use parts of this image throughout the report was obtained by the committee. Title of report The committee acknowledges that the phrase ‘Unfinished business’ has been used in a number of other reports and documents relating to Indigenous issues. The committee considered the use of this title was fitting for this report given that the business of making reparations to Stolen Generation survivors is unfinished. ii

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Belonging where? Caught in an abyss Belonging where? Thousands of children Heartache despair. Stolen, separated Leaving mothers behind Lost to our Culture, Music, Dance and Art. Lost to Ourselves—our Families—our Hearts. As a child—wondering What did I do wrong? Who the hell am I? A feeling so strong The taunts of a childhood All a whirl "Half-caste, half-caste a little black girl". Italiano? Greek? Maori or what? Some of the questions asked a lot. Too black to be white. Too white to be black. Caught in the middle Belonging no where.

Poem provided by Ms Lorraine McGee-Sippel, Stolen Generations survivor.

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How to contact the committee Members of the General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3 can be contacted through the committee secretariat. Written correspondence and enquiries should be directed to:

The Director General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3 Legislative Council Parliament House, Macquarie Street Sydney New South Wales 2000 Internet www.parliament.nsw.gov.au Email [email protected] Telephone 02 9230 2898 Facsimile 02 9230 2981

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Terms of reference 1.

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That General Purpose Standing Committee No. 3 inquiry into and report on reparations for the Stolen Generations in New South Wales, and in particular: (a)

the New South Wales Government’s response to the report of the 1996 National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child