The basic terms of reference for the Commission were to inquire into and report on the following matters:
a) what were the laws, policies and
practices that resulted in the removal of
children in the past, and what effect did they
b) were the (then) current laws and practices (related to services available) adequate enough to help people whom had been affected by removal in the past?
c) what factors were important to consider
when thinking about compensation for people who had been removed?
d) whether the (then) current laws and policies around removal needed to be changed.
In April 1997, the Commission handed down the report, Bringing them Home:
Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families containing 54 recommendations.
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13 April 2017
Cite this: https://www.findandconnect.gov.au/guide/vic/E000160
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