Greens MP calls for public inquiry into Stolen Wages

Tuesday 17th June 2014

Greens Member of Parliament Robin Chapple MLC said he is deeply concerned about the outcomes of the WA Stolen Wages Repatriation Scheme and that the government must investigate the establishment of a new Scheme to address unresolved issues.

Mr Chapple will today at 3pm present to the Legislative Council a petition from concerned members of the community who are seeking answers to these issues.

“The WA Government is very good at paying lip service to the needs of Aboriginal people but puts its head firmly in the sand when it comes time to follow through with practical assistance,” Mr Chapple said.

“I believe an inquiry into the Scheme that was open from 6 March to 30 November 2012, is absolutely vital in order to see if the Scheme related to the experiences and expectations of Aboriginal people.

“There are doubts over whether the Scheme was adequately promoted, and if the operation and outcomes achieved justice and resolution.

“I fully support the Kimberley Community Legal Service in its efforts to seek justice for Aboriginal people who had their wages withheld and call on the Barnett government, which claims to strive to work towards reconciliation, to review the operation and outcomes of the Scheme.

“It is unforgiveable for the Barnett government to acknowledge that previous discriminatory legislation has led to considerable disadvantage and disharmony for Aboriginal people, but then to only share a few measly crumbs from their table.

For more information please contact Robin Chapple on 0409 379 263 or 9486 8255


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