Unfinished business: Indigenous stolen wages

Unfinished business: Indigenous stolen wages

7 December 2006

© Commonwealth of Australia 2006
ISBN 0 642 71737 0

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Members of the Committee (PDF 64KB)
Abbreviations (PDF 74KB)
Recommendations (PDF 31KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 148KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Scope of the inquiry
Structure of the report
Note on references
Terminology and warning

Chapter 2 - Life under the protection acts (PDF 232KB)

Common features of the protectionist regimes
Governmental control of employment, conditions and wages

Chapter 3 - Access to Commonwealth entitlements (PDF 174KB)

Child endowment
Maternity allowance
Other benefits and pensions
Invalid and old-age pensions
Widows' pension
Unemployment and sickness benefits
War and service pensions

Chapter 4 - Trust and savings accounts (PDF 215KB)

The establishment of trust and savings accounts
Misappropriation and mishandling of Indigenous monies

Chapter 5 - Impact of wages control (PDF 173KB)

The inadequacy of safeguards
Employment and living conditions
Abuse of workers
Fighting against employment controls
The continuing impact of wages control

Chapter 6 - Previous inquiries into stolen wages and access to records (PDF 227KB)

State and territory investigations into stolen wages
Disclosure of evidence and public access

Chapter 7 - Repayment of monies by Governments (PDF 265KB)

New South Wales - Aboriginal Trust Fund Repayment Scheme
Experience in other jurisdictions

Chapter 8 - Summary and Conclusions (PDF 168KB)

Access to records
A national inquiry to set the record straight
Litigation as an alternative to payment schemes
What should happen next?

Additional Comments by Senator Bartlett (PDF 32KB)
Additional comments by the Australian Greens (PDF 31KB)
Appendix 1 - Submissions received and tabled documents (PDF 146KB)
Appendix 3 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee (PDF 44KB)

Brisbane, Wednesday 25 October 2006
Sydney, Friday 27 October 2006
Perth, Thursday 16 November 2006
Canberra, Tuesday 28 November 2006

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794
Email: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au