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Coming up - the Gavel's welcome another family and we will meet another addition to their

young farmer whose home is her Stateline has taken a life's work. But first -

interest in the story of Stateline has taken a long

"forgotten children", half a million Australians who "forgotten children", those

spent their childhoods in institutions. We've told stories in particular institutions. We've told the

Hay Detention Centre, Hay was where the girls from Parramatta were sent if they to be trouble. If were sent if they were deemed

was bad, Hay was children and this week she at Parliament House children and this week she was another report about at Parliament House where yet

institutional care has been tabled in the Senate. Melissa Polimeni has the story. They had come to us talking about their experience s expressing so many of us actually those experiences. And so many of us actually shared

we needed to go back and just those experiences. And we felt

see what had occurred. We came out of state homes, church homes, we are we are homes, we are now sitting here,

breathing. I am 52 years of we are alive, we are age: I've been in care of the state of Victoria for 50 And once a state ward And once a state ward, always a ever state ward because it's never

ever left me. And ex-ward from St Augustins - I was there for four years. 10 years of age, and I came out when I was 14. I do not for one Millie soaked believe that those sanction moanous bible bashing hip across the nation will ever moanous bible bashing hip crits

unless they are forced. I like to claim my life back, please, can we have an Don't keep on putting it please, can we have an apology?

don't want to remain noxth I Don't keep on putting it off. I

want to be somebody. These are the survive survivors. Innocent forgotten Australian, the the angry stories of the

children who found victims of emotional, and sexual abuse. And for victims of emotional, physical

decades they say they've burdened by guilt and decades they say they've been

really tough for shame. The process has been

spoke about my past, my institutions, my abuse until the Senate inquiry is in 2004. And you re live up, or you go into time something like this comes

or you're talking to other up, or you go into politicians

people. Like other forgotten tough but it's also been on our family tough but it's also been tough

time a lot of them knowing and on our family for the first

they've had to stand by and see traumatised: I had my hands just behind me back, hi hair held and my head bashed into the sink, - broke my nose, smashed my teeth and then told to up my mess teenager, Wilma up my mess after me. As at teenager, Wilma Robb spent time and the at the Parramatta Girl's Home

Girls. Five years and the Hay Institution for

Girls. Five years ago she her story to a Senate inquiry and to Stateline. I never got sexually assaulted felt sexually assaulted in there. I when I used to have to get out, felt like I did. Um, especially

get taken out at night out of isolation in front of the deputy and the super independent, get front of them out in courtyard and stand under front of them out in a

cool shower for as courtyard and stand under a

pleased with and that was part pleased with nothing around me,

punishment too to and that was part of my

So I assault. Two years ago, Wilma Robb joined Hay. Hay was a very barbaric an emotional reunion at

place. It was very cruel, in humane. And very sadistic. can still smell, feel the pain in that place still today. They raped us, they bashed us, they out until they were bashed us, they blew my ears

and they send me back in. They out until they were bleeding

kicked in the small kicked and kicked and punched

the ground and near ly out in the small area and I was on

cold, wetting myself, my bleeding and every part of my swore I would never set foot in body had been kicked in. I

this place times in here and I swore the this place because I done two

last time I left I would set foot last time I left I would never

set foot in this place again. I ice been 39 years and here I am. It's affected me mental ly, it's something that will always day I die. It's bad. stay with me, always, till the

something that I have to day I die. It's bad. It's

something that I have to deal with. I've got to keep going. In In 2004, a Senate committee handed down its report on handed down its report on the forgotten Australian, Government and for compensation. House yesterday, yet another report was report was handsed down, with another call for both an apology and compensation. From the previous two the previous two reports have not been fully implemented and we urge we urge the government to take on these recommendations very rapidly and see that they're implemented. Thank see wort. I I feel see wort. I I feel very emotional for everyone that, you know, is waiting for things to happen. And to happen. And nothing's happening. We happening. We need the validation and validation and the acknowledgement that this was acknowledgement that this was a terrible time in Australia's history, but it happened and we need to support the people that lived this life and suffer lived this life and suffer sod much as such raw anger among these

such raw anger among these survivors. Your dad survivors. Your dad done the best that he could to best that he could to get justice not only for himself but for all the other victims that were raped the homes, institutions, state name it. And for past victim s that have I'd like to at least everyone to have at least one minute's minute's of silence for those buggers. Because we're fighting for them for them too. And many still feel forgotten. I feel forgotten. I still feel they am a state ward. I wrote that the other day. Through my journey I feel like I am still that state ward. Like Wilma Robb, Caroline Carroll was ward of the State: She spent her entire childhood and early teenage years in Enduring abuse at else, she now feels that someone finally believes her story. So many talk to people children, that we were being abused, that we were hungry, that we were belted, were intusd and to us, or no-one believed So to So to have our Government say, "What happened to you "What happened to you was wrong and we apologise for the things that happened to you," would be huge. It would be e ous. This late esz report has found be achieved since made survivors an their supporters supporters very determined: We really have to work for the recommendations now. recommendations now. We have to try to put them in place.

senators, the Senate committee have worked on this again it's just - it doesn't come, you know, to us unless on it and that's what people don't understand - that, you know, these recommendations don't happen unless don't happen unless they're worked on. I think I'm worked on. I think I'm excited, I'm emotional. I was surprised I was so emotional but I was so emotional but hearing senators speak forgotten Australians is a great great thing. We don't hear many people supporting and fighting for us. So it is a for us. So it is a huge ly emotional time. And I hopeful. Having said, hopeful. Having said, that I felt very hopeful almost five years ago too. This time I think I hope we will, you

get some - some action. Where's the fair go, the fair go, Australia? I promise this place that we will not forget the people who are known as known as the forgotten Australians or those people who are identified - . Order! From those harrowing those harrowing story, we mover on on to one of happiness and hope. Tim Gavel is known hope. Tim Gavel is known and loved by many o in our loved by many o in our community. The voice of ABC Sport in Canberra, he Sport in Canberra, he was honoured as local hero of the year in 2008. Many of you will know that five years and his wife, Jenny, two children from Ethiopia. family has been a tight unit ever since with the kids growing and healthy and doing well at at the time there was sadn't for all of them. The Gavel's discovered there was an older older sister, Meron. too old to adopt and it was soon to sort out a visa. They've supported her visa. They've supported her in Ethiopia ever since and this week, now nearly 17, she arrived to rejoin her younger brother and brother and sister. Stateline was at the airport.

She's flying back with friends of ours, well, which was the best outcome for us. So anyway will arrive hope - they will arrive hopefully Canberra morning I've a coat for her. We hope it all work out. We're all very nervous. We hardly slept nervous. We hardly slept last night about Skinny and es snes how excite Road they? Very excited. They've got a lot on so we didn't bring them out. It out. It will be interesting to see how the family dynamics will work out with will work out with the two kids who have been who have been here almost five years. The Gavel's journey to become a family five years ago was their first reaction their first reaction will be. Now just minutes away those new parents, Jenny and Gavel are fighting fear Gavel are fighting fear and swallowing swallowing tears. Hello. The happiest of children now, their departure from Ethiopia was equal measures heart warming We have a family. They're just aren't they. Then heart breaking. She's a little girl that the gave's didn't even know existed. Their big sister Meron. Her parents dead, her only siblings off to Australia, how must this little girl feel? The Gavel's pledged to keep close contact, but close contact, but as the goodbyes start emotions overflow as reality sets in. After five years of frustration and long dis this week this week - distance love, this week the family was re united. We're here! We've made it.

It's great to see you. Eske is not here How are you? Are you OK?

You're here and safe. A coat for you, it's very cold outside. She's been outside. She's been learning English but it seen just how much English she knows. She probably much English as much English as we know Amharic, which is

Amharic, which is pretty basic. Eskadar, do you know what we call her? Kes opportunities here. She might want to go back to the owned of three years but she might want to stay and on to University. on how she goes and copes with Australia. It depends how she koeps. That big change will mean ajusting to a mean ajusting to a new language and life in the biggest and life in the biggest Gavel houlds, including the breakfast rush. Now, I couldn't get Meron up. She sleep s the same as you, Eske - soundly! We had such a big day yesterday and she she hasn't surfaced yet. Hopefully she will be down shortly to have some breakfast. Eske has a swimming carnival, Skinny has a big day at school today. How exciting was it yesterday, guy, to see yesterday, guy, to see your sister? Good. Really exciting. Skinny, I saw you saw Meron, you were singing away in the threat ever and

then you stopped and then you stopped and you just - theatre and then you stopped and shear stared - you were in shock. I thought shock. I thought when Meron came in she was Eske. I thought it was a taller version Skinny. What do you remember of Meron? Not much. She used to be tall and now tall and now she's short. Here's

darling. Still looking a bit tired, aren't you? She's very tired. Would you like some fruit or something like that for breakfast? Yes. Do you think Meron think Meron will like it here? Hopefully, been something totally different for her and I am sure it's going take time for her to

adjust. She settled once she rang her grand really wanting to get a message back home that she got here safely. She had a long conversation with her. What conversation with her. What are you going to enjoy about you going to enjoy about having a big cyster in the house? That that sister doesn't be bossy. How do you going learning English? Good. Meron will get a lot of help on

lot of help on the language front from her brother. something of something of a legend. Run faster. She sprints across and straight Jens up a at the moment: Talk to me! moment: Talk to me! Yes, kick the ball! Talk to me out the ball! Talk to me out there. Oh!. As well as sessions with Skinny, 16-year-old Meron will attend Lyneham High on a student visa. Es does it feel good to good to have your older sister here? You've talked about her a bit. How does it feel to have your

good. And, yeah. She's much smaller than I expected her and she doesn't talk very much. But otherwise it's really nice, yeah. So how do you feel having another girl in the house? Well, I think it's great.

great. Good deflection. Do you feel like this is the beginning of beginning of the next chapter in your in your life? Things wouldn't have been complete if we didn't try to get the try to get the family all united. And the hard est part I think was the start, just making sure that the making sure that the grand mother was really she wantsd. she wantsd. She was she wantsd. She was so enthusiastic that this is to happen, just to make sure the kids are together. Even if they don't they don't have - if they can't remember one remember one another I think it's still it's still important there's going to be something there that link s them and a family should be together.

SONG: # Welcome home # Gavel's for let ing us join Gavel's for let ing us join our wonderful family journey and to '60 Minutes' for their generosity in providing generosity in providing the footage from Peter footage from Peter Overton's stories. stories. It seems that family has become the theme for this week's week's program. Farming has been the Dowling clan's life for over a century and now the only daughter wants to make sure the tradition continues. After spending more than a decade away from the decade away from the family farm, Kelly farm, Kelly Dowling returned home to Dalton in 2000. It was just as the drought started to take its toll.

It's a really special story to be a part of, to be a part of, with the, you know, the story of wool and how it really set up Australia and the process that wool has the process that wool has gone through, and as our family have actually gone through all of that. They here in the area and of that. They were pioneers

superfine wool and continues Dodd that for over superfine wool and we've

150 years. - continued that for over 150 years. And for me to be a something really special and

something to be proud of. My great, great grand father came here back in the 1830s and

'40s. And our family's been around here ifr since - ever since. It's a pretty I suppose it with that many links and that, it just adds to suppose, for the it just adds to the value of, I generation suppose, for the next

I am very lucky to be to be passionate I am very lucky to be able

something and I'm able to be proud of it. And the my family's included in proud of it. And the fact that

whole process, then that my family's included in that pretty special. I am a whole process, then that is

motivated, mad at times, pretty special. I am a pretty

person. So there's so much diversity on the farm. So one week I, you know, in sheering shed with the team of week I, you know, in the

people that I'm sheering shed with the team of

on. The next week I could be mustering out in the back by myself with my mustering out in the back hills

here. And then I get to go to Sydney, here. And then I get to go down sold or there's so much diversity toet and I get to be out in this beautiful space. Every day I am out in this beautiful open

glad to get out of bed and just space. Every day I am really

be here on my little oasis. Back here, Ernie, good boy. I had a fantastic childhood on younger brothers an into miss chief on the whether it was into miss chief on the farm dams or far from the house whether it was up trees or in

we possibly dams or far from the house as we possibly could go. It was an absolutely and I just - it was very, absolutely wonderful childhood

special, I suppose. And the and I just - it was very, very

farm also gave us the opportunity for all three of to go away to opportunity for all three of us

which my parent s valued highly. I which my parent s valued very what they did as long as they highly. I didn't really care

were happy. Whatever they did they were happy at it and did well at well at its. If they wanted to come back, so bit. If they didn't, that was that too. And then we'll go from decided I wanted to be an Army the Defence Force academy in officer and so I went through

Canberra. And did a degree economics. So that was Canberra. And did a degree in

different from the farm side of economics. So that was fairly

things, but my dad things, but my dad had said to us when we all went away from school that we had to have 10 years away from the farm make sure that if we did want to come back to the farm it was the right thing to do, to come back to the farm that

and it's what we really wanted. So we all sort of went off and did our degrees in differing things. I lasted nine years away from the farm. We had the

another farm and to become bigger and that was said are you sure you want to said, "You bet." I got on the first bus back here! I came home in 2000 and pretty much it drought! But we've now and mum blame me for the

years of drought! But we've now had nine

haven't had a spring in nine years. So it's been some interest ing times. But I really glad that I've been of really glad that I've been part through it together. There's lot of, you know, my back to the farm. I know that, generation that were made come

you know, maybe dad might have it not been the case. So I made a different decision had

want to make it not been the case. So I just

opportunity to come back if he want to make sure that Ned has

would like. And to ensure he would like. And to ensure that to come back I have to he has the ability to be able

sure they've business for him to take over. You go up the other the other end for me k. You do You go up the other end and do

that? I believe the wool industry is really at the the crossroads. I think we have got

think merino wool, as a the opportunity to be great. I

product, fits right into this greener sustainable world. So, if we don't get it you know, if we don't get it right now,

if world t world wants greener you know, this is our chance -

or stop wearing plastic, then how well does merino wool fit into that? Is Mollie your Yeah. She's gooing to into that? Is Mollie your dog?

Yeah. She's gooing to be your working dog. You need passion because there's no money here. It's a good lifestyle and there's a lot of other pluses to it. But I anybody with any to it. But I am sure this

more money elsewhere, know I wouldn't swap it quids. I am quite happy to know I wouldn't swap it for

share that with any of too. I love what I do. family that want to do it

being a part of the farm. I love living, working, breathing, you know, this beautiful space. And I love the, but I love my animals, and I love my family being a part of it. So love is a very funny word but I do. Yep. I love very special. every moment of it and it's

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