It was a scary part of my life because now I realise my mother wasn’t there any more and I was going to be by myself…. it was quite a scary experience. I was there for almost thirteen years !

One of the most significant measures announced by the Prime Minister will see the government invest $378.6 million in a new reparations scheme for members of the Stolen Generation from Commonwealth territories including the Northern Territory, Jervis Bay Territory and the ACT.

The Prime Minister says a one-off payment will be made to survivors “in recognition of the harm caused by forced removal“.

Mr Morrison said “what happened is a shameful chapter in our nation’s story, we have already confronted it in a national apology but our deeds must match our words” .

They will also be given the opportunity – should they wish – to tell their story and receive an individual apology.

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