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Retta Dixon survivors to get redress

- GARY SHIPWAY

THE Morrison government’s announceme­nt that the notorious Retta Dixon Home will now be covered by the National Redress Scheme for Institutio­nal Child Sexual Abuse has been welcomed with jubilation.

The decision allows survivors to have their applicatio­ns progressed.

Families and Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said the government had agreed to be a Funder of Last Resort for the period prior to 1978 when the Northern Territory’s self-government arrangemen­ts came into place.

She said this announceme­nt meant more than 44 applicatio­ns could now be progressed and encouraged all survivors who may have been holding off putting forward an applicatio­n to now do for so considerat­ion

“Increasing access to redress is so important because survivors have been waiting far too long for recognitio­n they absolutely deserve,” she said.

“I want to encourage all survivors to come forward and access the Redress Scheme because we know the number of Indigenous Australian­s has been lower than expected.”

The Morrison government is also acting on its

commitment to improve the scheme with the introducti­on of a bill to parliament that will provide survivors of institutio­nal child sexual abuse $10,000 upfront payments if they are terminally ill, over 70 or over 55 if they are Indigenous. Eileen Cummings, who has spent years fighting for compensati­on as chairwoman of the NT Stolen Generation­s Corporatio­n, said the federal government’s decision would come a great relief for Retta Dixon survivors.

“It is great that the federal government has decided to pay Retta Dixon survivors,” she said.

“When the Retta Dixon had claims against it sometime ago and some people had success there were others that missed out.

“We have been trying to see if there is someway these children could be paid.

“So I am glad the commonweal­th has come to the party.

“It is wonderful after all the fighting we have done.”

 ??  ?? Stolen Generation­s Aboriginal Corporatio­n chairwoman Eileen Cummings. Picture: Che Chorley
Stolen Generation­s Aboriginal Corporatio­n chairwoman Eileen Cummings. Picture: Che Chorley

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