"...They should be honoured for their experience and given every support they need in order to participate fully in the community of which they are part..."
Speech Senator Gary Humphries on the Forgotten Australians Inquiry.
Punishments for very small offenses or perceived disobedience was harsh and cruel – severe physical attacks and beatings were reported by many.
Andrew Maurray Speech Sept. 2008 : ‘The Forgotten Australians: Identity, records and their search for the past’.
Why forgotten? Because they were; and in significant respects, still are.
Historically there has been more academic and serious attention to the history of institutionalised indigenous Australians than to others who were institutionalised, but even so it has been limited.
Until relatively recently the written social history of Australia was remarkably sparse concerning the huge category of people that will be the subject of this address. This history is still hardly ever taught.
The lack of past serious and academic analysis of this social history reflected a wider prevailing attitude; an official and community view that children in care were not of much significance or interest overall.
There are many organisations around the country, advocating against child abuse and many of these listed organisations have Forgotten Australians as supporters for their cause as well as members.i
The problem with many of these organisations is the enormous amount of funding they get. What many of us don’t know is after all their expenses, the people the funding is intended for will only see 3% of the total funding if they even see that at all.
So many organisations helping the unfortunate, those unfortunate are the creators of CEO’s, NCO’s, Managers, Asst Managers, Case Mngrs, field mngrs, mentors all their to help those who are in need.
One organisation for the 2014-2015 financial balance sheet with a total balance to the beginning of the year of over $1,000,000, not even 3% of their total funding went towards the Forgotten Australians, these figures are not out of the air they are directly from the financial balance sheet for that period.
So who is helping who, we see many volunteers on the steps of parliament outside various government organisations screaming for justice, the problem we really have is those being funded are not directing the funding where they should be going.
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