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Forgotten Australians

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In 2004 a senate committee wrote a report and recommendations regarding compensation and official apologies for the abuse of children in state,church and other out of home care facilities in prior years.The response of the federal government to nearly all of the recommendations was,"This is a matter for state,territories and churches to address."
A lot of countries have lifted the Statute of Limitations in these cases, therby allowing the individuals in question to seek recompense
or a formal apology.Australians are still fighting to have that same statute overturned.What are the governments,state and federal trying to hide?Why do the courts accept the fact that the abuse happened but the various levels of govt have buried their collective heads in the sand and pass the buck?
I am not going to quote statistics etc.Anyone interested should read Community Affairs References Commitee.Forgotten Australians.Then read the Australian Government Response to the Commitee's Reports.
Posted by haygirl, Thursday, 13 September 2007 8:45:38 AM
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for all of us forgotten australians now is the time that the goverment of australia star telling the truth about the rapes and abuse that we as children suffered at the hands of the goverment employers that worked for the states and that of also the chuches and the orphanages , we are the real victims that the goverment and the courts are , denying our justice , the real story is that neither goverment party are covering these abuses up , ask them to put it to a vote ,they wouldnt have any guts cause they know that the have been hiding the truth for too many years , we victims tell our story of which is the truth in court yet a jude says your complaint is real and a tragic part of history then dissmisses the case and makes you fight on for justice by appealling that dission , so that the victim can be raped and abused once again , , im the real deal hear and i will never stop the fight for justice for myself and that of the forgotten austalians , its time mr howard being prime minister to clean the air with the truth and also for the oppisition to clean the air with the truth about us victims that the goverment are sweeping under the carpet, we will never forget and live with it everyday as to what happend to us , and we will not stop the fight for justcie , , stop the gover up about this mr howard, and mr rudd, and all you other politicians have some guts thats why we tax payers pay you to be in your jobs , so justice and the truth can be placed on the table , but you are all so week that you bypass our lives and are sweeping history under the carpet this is for all you politicians ,kind regards micheal
Posted by huffnpuff, Thursday, 13 September 2007 3:40:43 PM
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to all us ex homies and exinmates , and the ophanes and the fostered children ,, we are still here alive and still suffer and are the real victims of the australian goverment and its bodies , i find it hard that no one has bothered to put any post here other than me and haygirl who got it going , the list of homes run by the state and also of that of the chuches who took over some of the states institutions , the foster homes the orphanges the remand centres the boys and girls home , i remember when i was at taldree remand centre reiby was right beside it and you could hear the girls screeming , as we are awarw now they were being raped and abused by sick -uckers that worked for the goverment , , why is no one wanting to admitt the truth and get it dealt with so we can put this to rest but the goverment does not want to do this ,, they would rather give 300 hundred million dollars to another country before resolving the forgotten australians , we are still here and still alive , some of us are just hanging on others have took their own life because they and their strenght gave out aand its bloody hard to keep holding onto your own life , this is why the goverments and the courts and the politicians are covering up all the abuse , we suffered ,also hello to all our clan members , im trying my best to get us justice , im in a photo with the shadow minister for dept youth community , all though seems she is not of much help cause i dont here anyone given us response from the goverment to our protest , i was at the sydney protest , kind regards micheal brown
Posted by huffnpuff, Monday, 17 September 2007 7:28:30 PM
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huffnpuff and haygirl

Thanks for drawing my attention to this forum which I didn't know about till you told me. I was just sticking to the articles originally posted by Bernie.

I agree that the Howard Government washed their hands of all responsibility after the Forgotten Australians Report (August 2004). They acted on just two of the 39 Recommendations.

(a) They gave each State and Territory $16,666 to erect memorials to mark the lives of institutionalised kids (a decent sized statue would cost $200,000 so they won't be very memorable - anyway some of us think a memorial is not a high priority).

(b) They also ran a national conference which I begged to be allowed to attend. Most of the talking was done by people from churches and charities and government bureacrats so that was a waste of time and money.

They ignored the other 37 Recommendations of the Forgoten Australians Report saying they belonged to the States, churches and charities.

Now the States are playing hide and seek. Bracks issued an apology in the Victorian Parliament last year and gave some funds for counselling and a top up of $30,000 to go with Howard's $16,666 for a memorial. Some former inmates have sued the Victorian Government and were given some hush-hush money but that's a few out of the many thousands who have a case for neglect and abuse in State-run and State-sponsored institutions.

The Victorian Government refuses to hold a State inquiry - Queensland and SA have held inquiries (and Tasmania had a mini-inquiry through their Ombudsman).

A group of us have been holding silent vigils on the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne every month hoping to shame the Victorian Govertnment into doing something about compensation and a State inquiry. We've met with some politicians who say they are willing to help drags on and on without much happening

We will keep trying.
Posted by FrankGol, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 10:41:42 AM
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I would suggest to everyone who feels disenfranchised through the abuse of supposed carers, be they foster carers, poor parents, orphange or institutional staff, the only resolution to your concerns are

1 publicly denounce your abuser(s) and pursue them through the courts as either a private or class action or through the press and publicity organs if you are happier with the risk of a libel claim than the costs of initiating court proceedings.

2 put the experience behind you and get on with your lives. This is a harder resolution to adopt but in some cases it may be the most constructive, where you focus your mind and time on doing something to benefit yourself instead of bringing down someone else.

Expecting current government(s) to make restitution or to say sorry is just seeking to divert actions onto someone else.

I deplore the fact that a single child has been abused whilst in anyones care.

I deplore all those who exploit any positions of power or authority to use and abuse at the expense of others.

Personally, if I am ever given insight to any such abuse I do make a point of exposing it and exposing it loud and often until everyone knows.

I have made criticism not simply of the abusers but the supervisors whose indolence or neglect allowed abuse to be pursued whilst “on their watch”.

I stand by that statement.

It is not simply the abusers but those who sought to ignore or coverup the abuse who are equally to blame and should be culpably liable.
Posted by Col Rouge, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 4:41:56 PM
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for col rouge i have never had no problem telling the media and the police and any other person of what happend to me and that of other children of the boys home i was in which is daruk , as you say tell everyone and anyone ,well i have done that and so much for the media and the courts and the police , they are covering these acts up just as the goverment is , ive named the pedophiles and have state what occurred , you should look into all the responses ive posted and yes i have posted them with bernie mathews as well , and it just shows even with his help we are getting no where , . by the way you said you worked as and in admiastration , , these are all the homes i was in , taldree , yasmar, worrimi, daruk , albion street, the went to the goal system , maitland ,longbay main prison, goulburn main prison, cessnock main prison ,parramatta main prison, mussellbrook main prison , silverwater old gaol main prison , silverwater new gaol, emu plains main prison, so i ask were you ever in attenance at any of these institutions , , it seems to me that you really don;t seem to care a great deal of the suffering we endured in the boys and girls homes the orphanages and foster homes , and remand centres , or is that you may know some of those pedophiles ,who worked in those institutions , i am in the court system at present and if what i say is going to effect my case , i beleave it will not because the courts are sweeping the cases under the rug as they have been told to do so by the goverment , you would of read the post i put in the media one for yet you gave me no response , also hi to frank gol , im trying my best to get us justice and im proud of your protest in vic,
Posted by huffnpuff, Tuesday, 18 September 2007 5:14:25 PM
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