Remembering the Forgotten Australians

by PeakCare Qld on 10th September 2015

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Several remembrance ceremonies were held across the state this week to honour Forgotten Australians. These are the most profound of Queensland Child Protection Week events.  Wednesday on the Gallery of Modern Art rooftop the ceremony was opened by Selena and Adrian performing their spine chilling rendition of Hero.

Master of Ceremonies Dennis Dodt welcomed dignitaries and guests on behalf of the Historical Abuse Network, Micah Projects and Queensland Child Protection Week. Uncle Des welcomed attendees to Kurilpa country and acknowledged Forgotten Australians before Aaron performed an outstanding piece on the didgeridoo.

Karyn Walsh, Micah’s CEO, spoke of the purpose of Remembrance Day being to ensure that abuse of children in care never happens again. She commended the courage and strength of Forgotten Australians in telling their stories over and over to various commissions of inquiry and spoke of the faith in the handling of these cases by the current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and its ability to ensure the accountability of organisations and institutions.

The Honourable Shannon Fentiman, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, emphasised the importance of acknowledging past atrocities and the necessity to commit to never allowing them to be repeated. She spoke of the lifelong impacts of child abuse and neglect, the courage of Forgotten Australians who’ve shared their pain and the many others still suffering in silence. She determined that she’s intent on redressing these injustices and supporting survivors on their healing journey. She committed to stand ready to review and respond to any recommendations made. She stated that as Child Safety Minister she was committed to improving and reforming the system. Firstly by focusing on safety for children at home and for those who necessarily enter the out of home care system, to ensure that they’re offered a nurturing and stable environment. Minister Fentiman was adamant that children’s voices need to be heard and responded to. Redress for the past, she said, is no exception.

A moving song by Forgotten Australian Mark Tor dedicated to all those who suffered abuse was then played followed by a minutes silence for those who have suffered and those who are no longer with us. This led into the candle lighting ceremony during which Juanita Maira played her latest original song about Forgotten Australians.

As candles were lit, Statements of Acknowledgement were noted for the following groups:

  • Forgotten Australians
  • Stolen Generation
  • Former British Child Migrants
  • Those affected by Forced Adoptions
  • Young People
  • Advocacy and Support

A shared acknowledgement by all in attendance was read:  We acknowledge and affirm the courage of the many former residents of institutions, foster care and detention who experienced abuse. We affirm their determination in the face of denial and powerful institutions in breaking the silence and being a voice for reform and justice.

We recognise that whilst change has been slow, change has occurred and we affirm the place in the history of Queensland that former residents of institutions, foster care and detention centres have claimed in daring to be voices that challenge.

Members of the Historical Abuse Network then presented Unfinished Business to Minister Fentiman. Unfinished Business calls on the Queensland Government to respond to the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Consultation Paper on Redress.

Read Unfinished Business here: http://www.lotusplace.org.au/resources/general-resources

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