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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders lost wages

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

David Lowe
Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation Townsville Group
PO Box 1761

Total Signatures - 72

Sponsoring Member: Peter Wellington MP

Posting Date: 12/11/2008

Tabled Date: 12/11/2008

Responded By: Hon Lindy Nelson-Carr MP on 17/12/2008

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
This is a petition by citizens of Queensland to draw the attention of the House to the fact that successive Queensland governments have withheld wages, underpaid wages and withheld forced savings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for more than a century and that reparation for these monies should now be concluded. Your petitioners therefore request that the Queensland Government revise the terms of its reparations offer so that: (a) Indigenous claimants are fully compensated for monies withheld from them; (b) further time is provided for the lodgement of claims; (c) claimants are able to rely on oral and other circumstantial evidence where the records held by the state are incomplete or are allegedly affected by fraud or forgery; (d) new or further payments do not require claimants to indemnify the Queensland Government; and (e) the descendants of claimants who died before 9 May 2002 are included within the terms of the offer. Your petitioners therefore request the House to legislate in order that an independent legal body be established to ascertain the quantum of the reparations and all the sources of the required funds.