The national Scorecard on the Stolen Generations Working Partnership, by the National Sorry Day Committee has been updated and this particular one looks at the time period between May 2011 - May 2012.
The National Sorry Day Committee (NSDC) was established following the tabling in Federal Parliament of the Bringing them home Report on 26 May 1997. Bringing them home documented the consequences of decades of government policies that saw Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children forcibly taken from their families and communities and placed in institutions, foster homes or orphanages, or adopted.
The report contained 54 recommendations, most of which were supported by the State and Federal Governments and which, to this day, vary greatly in their state of implementation from fully or partially implemented to not implemented. Eleven years later, in 2008, the then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered a national apology on behalf of non-Indigenous Australians, for the policies that had led to generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children being forcibly removed from their families.
In 2012, 15 years after the release of the Bringing them home Report, many of the Stolen Generations and their supporters continue to agitate for the implementation of all of the 54 recommendations. The NSDC has embraced the Stolen Generations Working Partnership (SGWP) as a new mechanism to advocate for policy change at the federal level. Chaired by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services, and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), the partnership provides an opportunity for Commonwealth departments and agencies, and other national stakeholders, to develop a policy framework for addressing issues relating to the Stolen Generations.
The SGWP is in its infancy as a model for community representative bodies and government to work together to address issues of concern to the Stolen Generations. However, there has been progress over the past two years. This Scorecard documents the progress of the SGWP over the past 12 months, from the NSDC’s perspective.