Remembering Forgotten Australians

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee Review of Government Compensation Payments recommended in late 2010 that the NSW Government "establish administrative schemes to provide redress to people who experienced abuse or neglect while in institutional or foster care".

These adults have been called "Forgotten Australians" after it took so long to get Government recognition of past poor practices. The NSW Premier formally apologised to NSW Forgotten Australians in September 2009.

I have asked the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services about addressing the long term impact of abuse and neglect suffered by adults who grew up in orphanages, children's homes and foster homes between the 1920s and 1970s following new Commonwealth recommendations for action.

I have previously called for practical help, and have now asked for a report on progress, planned action and whether the Government will set up a scheme as recommended by the Senate Committee.

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