Bringing Them Home: public conference

Indigenous leaders and Indigenous law experts will debate the impact of the 'Bringing Them Home' report when they take part in the Ten Years Later: Bringing Them Home and the Forced Removal of Children conference.

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It is 10 years since the 'Bringing Them Home' report on stolen children was launched. Indigenous leaders and Indigenous law experts will discuss the report's impact when they take part in the Ten Years Later: Bringing Them Home and the Forced Removal of Children conference.

Discussion will focus on a number of key developments in the struggle for justice for Indigenous people affected by policies of forcible removal. These include:

• Reflections on the 'Bringing Them Home' report and an overview of government responses to the recommendations.
• Community initiatives to deal with the long-term effects of removal.
• Litigation strategies including the recent successful Trevorrow case.
• Discussion on reparations and compensation - including the compensation scheme developed in Tasmania, and examples of 'stolen wages' compensation schemes in NSW and Queensland.
• Discussion on the problem of the contemporary removal of Indigenous children and young people through child protection and juvenile justice agencies.

Speakers at the forum will include Tom Calma, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner; Michael Mansell, legal director Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre; Joanna Richardson, legal practitioner involved in the Trevorrow litigation; John Bond, Stolen Generations Alliance; and Helen Moran, National Sorry Day Committee.

The conference is hosted by Indigenous Law Centre, Crime and Justice Research Network, Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales and the Human Rights Equal Opportunity Commission.

What: Ten Years Later: Bringing Them Home and the Forced Removal of Children.
When: 9am - 5.30pm Friday, 28 September 2007
Where: Barnet Long Room, Customs House, Circular Quay, Sydney.
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MEDIA CONTACT: Victoria Brown, UNSW Media Office, 02 9385 3263, 0412 980 044 or v.brown@unsw.edu.au