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Thursday, 1 November 2012
Page: 8771


Senator SIEWERT (Western AustraliaAustralian Greens Whip) (12:29): I, and also on behalf of Senator Moore, move:

That the Senate—

(a) acknowledges the Healing Foundation's work over the past 4 years to promote emotional well-being in Aboriginal communities, and particularly the work with the Stolen Generations;

(b) notes:

   (i) the commitment of the Government to working with members of the Stolen Generations and the organisations which support them to address the traumatic legacy of past practices and the motion of Apology to Australia's Indigenous Peoples and, in particular to the Stolen Generations, made by Parliament in February 2008 was a key positive step in this regard, and

   (ii) that the Government provided funding of $26.6 million over 4 years to assist the establishment and operation of the Healing Foundation and to support community-based healing initiatives to address the traumatic legacy of the past; and

(c) calls on the Government to ensure that the important work of the Healing Foundation will be continued and that the successful programs that are currently in place through this initiative will be maintained.

Question agreed to.