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Legislation to compensate stolen generation tabled in the Tasmanian Parlaiament
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Legislation to compensate members of Tasmania's stolen generation has been tabled in the Tasmanian state parliament.

Premier Paul Lennon presented the landmark bill this morning, in a move Aboriginal leaders hope will prompt a national strategy to address the stolen generation issue.

The Stolen Generations of Aboriginal Children Bill 2006 is backed by a $5 million fund for ex-gratia payments to compensate Aborigines taken from their families between the 1930s and 1975.

Children of members of the stolen generation who have died will receive up to $5,000, capped at $20,000 per family.

Tasmanian Aboriginal leader and activist Michael Mansell said when the package was unveiled earlier this month it should be a catalyst for a national policy to compensate the stolen generation.

He has called on Mr Lennon to form a delegation of state and territory leaders to raise the matter in Canberra.
Debate on the bill is expected to start on Thursday.

Oct 31 AAP

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