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Reconciling the Historical Accounts: Trust Funds Reparations & New South Wales Aborigines

McGrath, Ann

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Past NSW governments did not properly reconcile the trust accounts in which Aboriginal wages and welfare entitlements were paid. Hopefully the NSW Reparations Scheme and others following it will prove a positive and tangible step towards reconciling the historical accounts. The NSW Trust Funds Reparations package needs to be adequately researched and funded. Financial control and consequent disadvantage suffered by NSW Aborigines under the control of government-led Boards are now to be...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMcGrath, Ann
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-28T04:19:21Z
dc.date.available2017-04-28T04:19:21Z
dc.identifier.citationAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission: Stolen Wages Enquiry, NSW. “Reconciling the Historical Accounts: Trust Funds Reparations & New South Wales Aborigines”, 2004.
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/116218
dc.description.abstractPast NSW governments did not properly reconcile the trust accounts in which Aboriginal wages and welfare entitlements were paid. Hopefully the NSW Reparations Scheme and others following it will prove a positive and tangible step towards reconciling the historical accounts. The NSW Trust Funds Reparations package needs to be adequately researched and funded. Financial control and consequent disadvantage suffered by NSW Aborigines under the control of government-led Boards are now to be addressed. If the scheme is hinged entirely upon the chance existence of ‘proof’ amongst poorly kept, patchy Records, this historical lottery will introduce a new layer of inequity. The infrastructure, professional expertise and staff resources required to probe into individual financial records will be costly and such expenditure cannot be guaranteed to deliver the just outcomes intended. For many cases, a less rigorous criterion of proof other than specific moneys owed might need to be considered. For example, a payout to all those who can demonstrate that themselves or their ancestors have endured the control of the Aboriginal Protection Board or Aboriginal Welfare Board, would be money better spent than years of research into a poor archive.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherAustralian National University
dc.rights© Australian National University 2004
dc.subjectAustralian History
dc.subjectAboriginal History
dc.titleReconciling the Historical Accounts: Trust Funds Reparations & New South Wales Aborigines
dc.typeReport (Research)
dc.date.issued2004
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMcGrath, A., Australian Centre for Indigenous History, School of History, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage1
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage49
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