Forgotten Australians

 
 

The long term impact of a childhood spent in institutional care is complex and varied. However, a fundamental, ongoing issue is the lack of trust and security and lack of interpersonal and life skills that are acquired through a normal family upbringing, especially social and parenting skills.

 

The inability to initiate and maintain stable, loving relationships was described by many Forgotten Australians who have undergone multiple relationships and failed marriages. Many cannot form trust in relationships and remain loners, never marrying or living an isolated existence.


It’s not just the impact that tragic childhood experiences have had for the Forgotten Australians. Their children and families have also felt the impact, which can then flow through to future generations.

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Victoria removes time limits on civil claims over child sex abuse

Child sex abuse victims will no longer face a time limit on when they can claim for civil damages in Victoria.

New laws being introduced in the Victorian parliament on Tuesday will remove the limitation period for child abuse civil claims.

The attorney general, Martin Pakula, said the limits were complex and often discouraged victims from bringing claims to court.

“Victims should have the right to commence legal action knowing that an expired time limit won’t be used against them to knock their claim out of court,” Pakula said.

The new legislation will be retrospective.

At present, civil claims must be brought within six years of the date the victim realises they have been abused or 12 years from the date of the alleged abuse.

The premier, Daniel Andrews, said with Australia’s first royal commission into family violence starting in Victoria this week, the time was right to fix the system.

“It’s a crisis. The biggest law-and-order challenge is unfolding in our homes,” he told News Corp. “If we settle just doing more of the same, then I think we will have more of the same.”

He said the royal commission would look at making intervention orders easier to get, give police extra powers to enforce them and look at whether jail terms for breaching family violence intervention orders are adequate.

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Sydney rabbis respond

It’s almost a verbatim to the words used by Malcolm Turnbull at the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants, although the sincerity of the Turnbull was more heartfelt. 

We all pray those abused will get satisfaction, those who did cover it up be dealt with accordingly.


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Do you or someone in your family have a connection with Parramatta Girls’ Home?


Would you like to join  others to visit the Parramatta Girl’s Home site?


In November 2014, the NSW Government announced the creation of a memorial on the site of the former Parramatta Girls’ Home. The memorial will recognise and pay tribute to those people who were abused as children at the home.


The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) has been conducting consultations with former residents and their family members about the kind of memorial that is created.


As part of these consultations and in response to requests from former residents, the Department is organising a site visit for former residents and family members. The visit is an opportunity for you to visit the site and connect with other former residents and family members. The visit will be followed by a light lunch.


Details about the site visit


Date  Friday 6 February 2015


Time  11am – 1pm (followed by light lunch from 1pm – 2pm)


Address 1 Fleet Street, North Parramatta



Transport and parking


A bus will leave from Wattle Place (67 High Street, Harris Park) at 10:00am to take people to the site. The returning bus will leave at 2pm after the lunch to take people back to Wattle Place.


If you would like to be picked up from Parramatta Station in the morning and taken back after lunch, we can arrange for the bus from Wattle Place to do this.


If you would prefer to drive yourself to the site parking is available, please enter through the gate at the Fleet Street entrance.


Footwear


For safety reasons, it is recommended  that you wear closed shoes. Please do not wear sandals, thongs or open shoes.


How to book for the site visit


If you would like to join the site visit on Friday 6 February 2015, please contact us on 1800 773 412 so we can organise numbers for transport, parking and lunch.


If you will not be visiting the site but would like to share your ideas about a memorial please contact us on 1800 773 412 (free call, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or via email parramattagirlsmemorial@facs.nsw.gov.au.


Motion put before the Senate 18/11/2014


National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants


Senator SIEWERT (Western Australia—Australian Greens Whip) (15:37): I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 507 standing in my name and in the name of Senator Moore relating to the anniversary of the apology to forgotten Australians and former child migrants.

Leave granted.

Senator SIEWERT: I move the motion as amended:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges:

(i) the 5th anniversary of the National Apology to the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants on 16 December 2014,

(ii) that over 500 000 Australians experienced care in an orphanage, or other form of out of home care during the past century and many of these experienced distress, neglect, abuse and assault, and

(iii) That the child migration scheme during the 20th Century is now universally recognised as having been fundamentally flawed with tragic consequences;

(b) notes:

(i) the 16 recommendations of the Community Affairs References Committee's report, Lost innocents and forgotten Australians revisited: Report on the progress with the implementation of the recommendations of the lost innocents and forgotten Australians reports (the report), and

(ii) the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse but that there are a range of issues identified by the Senate inquiries that are beyond the issues covered by Commission; and

(c) calls on leadership from governments and former providers to work towards the implementation of the remaining recommendations of the report, including the sensitive issues of redress, identity documentation and the need for responsive support for health and housing.

Question agreed to.


A last minute thought by the Vic Government


“Suddenly FA’s matter must be an election around the corner”


Betrayal of Trust

27/10/2014


Further important reforms to better protect children following the landmark Betrayal of Trust report have now commenced.

As of yesterday, new laws apply requiring ministers of religion in Victoria to hold a Working with Children Check, and from today it is an offence to fail to disclose information to police where a person knows or believes that a child has been sexually abused.

Attorney-General Robert Clark said the changes to Working with Children Check laws make clear that all ministers who have contact with children in their congregation as part of their work, or who visit or take part in church schools, kindergartens, Sunday schools, youth camps or any other church activities involving children, need to have a Working with Children Check.

"Ministers of religion, regardless of faith, have a special responsibility through their work that places them in positions of trust and authority," Mr Clark said.

The new requirements for Working with Children Checks will apply to all ministers of religion unless their contact with children is only occasional and incidental. Until now, ministers of religion were not required to hold a Working with Children Check unless they had regular, direct contact with children that was unsupervised.

Mr Clark said strengthening of the requirement for ministers of religion to hold a Working with Children Check was a recommendation of Betrayal of Trust, the report of the bi-partisan Parliamentary Family and Community Development Committee inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organisations.

Other amendments to Working with Children Check laws that came into effect yesterday make clear that the protection of children is the paramount consideration for all decision-makers when deciding whether to issue a Working with Children Check clearance.

The legislation also includes clearer definitions and offence classifications, and greater powers to revoke a check where a person fails to provide required information.

Delivering on another recommendation of the Betrayal of Trust report, it is now an offence carrying a penalty of up to three years in jail for an adult to fail to provide relevant information to police if they have a reasonable belief that a child has been sexually abused, unless they have a reasonable excuse not to do so.

This law is in addition to current mandatory reporting to child protection authorities.

"The failure to disclose offence means that not only is there a moral obligation to protect children from abuse, there is now a clear legal obligation as well," Mr Clark said.

"This new offence makes clear that if someone knows or believes that a child has been sexually abused, they cannot just keep quiet about it – unless there is a good reason why not, they have a duty to tell the police what they know so that the police can bring the offender to justice and prevent further abuse."

Under the new law, adults who have information that leads them to form a reasonable belief that another adult has committed a sexual offence in Victoria against a child under the age of 16 years must disclose that information to Victoria Police, subject to some exemptions, including:

  1. if a person has a reasonable excuse for not doing so, such as reasonable fear for a person's safety - for example, in a situation of family violence, where a mother fears that reporting the abuse will create a risk to her own or her child's safety;

  2. information obtained through the victim seeking medical help or counselling advice;

  3. information provided by a victim after they have reached the age of 16 where the victim requests that the information not be disclosed; and

  4. information privileged from disclosure in court proceedings, such as legal professional privilege, journalists' privilege or information provided in a confessional.

Additional information about the new laws is available from the Department of Justice web site at www.justice.vic.gov.au

Further reforms to hold perpetrators of sexual abuse to account have also come into effect recently, with new laws commencing on 22 October to remove time limits that previously prevented the prosecution of certain sexual offences against children committed prior to 1991.

These new laws are further steps in the Victorian Government's implementation of the Government's response to the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report. Other reforms that have been introduced or are being implemented include:

  1. new criminal offences for grooming and for failure to protect children within organisations;

  2. legislating for a 'course of conduct' charge to make it easier for repeated and systematic sexual offending to be prosecuted;

  3. minimum child safe standards for organisations that have direct and regular contact with children;

  4. allowing the Commission for Children and Young People to scrutinise organisations' systems for keeping children safe;

  5. a new 'reportable conduct' scheme for organisations with a high level of responsibility for children, requiring them to centrally report all allegations of child abuse to the Commission for Children and Young People; and

  6. requiring all schools, both government and non-government, to implement a policy for responding to allegations of child abuse.


(Source: http://www.vic.gov.au/news/betrayal-of-trust.html  12/11/2014 7:30pm)

The Napthine Government failed to follow the recommendations ‘Betrayal of Trust’, now it ask for the Forgotten Australians Vote, whoever you vote for please if it is was the liberals your vote should go elsewhere.

 

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