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When reconciliation means reparations: Tasmania's compensation to the stolen generations

Rae, Maria 2015, When reconciliation means reparations: Tasmania's compensation to the stolen generations, Griffith law review, vol. 24, no. 4, pp. 640-656, doi: 10.1080/10383441.2015.1061155.

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Title When reconciliation means reparations: Tasmania's compensation to the stolen generations
Author(s) Rae, Maria
Journal name Griffith law review
Volume number 24
Issue number 4
Start page 640
End page 656
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1038-3441
1839-4205
Summary Reconciliation is the dominant discourse surrounding Australia's response to historical injustices Aborigines have suffered. However, debate persists about what the concept means and how effective it is when addressing past harms. It is particularly criticised for focusing on symbolic and social justice measures, rather than material reparations enshrined in law. This article examines the case study of Tasmania, which has been the only jurisdiction to compensate the Stolen Generations. It questions why there was an understanding of reconciliation as reparations at the state but not at the national level. Drawing on interviews with Tasmanian political and Aboriginal leaders, this investigation found that a shared discourse of reconciliation created a space where a momentum of community support grew for legal redress. Alongside this analysis, the article argues that studies on reconciliation should go beyond the nation to examine how these debates play out in state legislatures.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10383441.2015.1061155
Field of Research 160601 Australian Government and Politics
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 940201 Civics and Citizenship
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Griffith University
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