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Former State Government Minister Mr John Hill has been appointed Independent Assessor for the administration of the individual reparations under South Australia’s Stolen Generations Reparations Scheme.

Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation Minister Kyam Maher says he looks forward to working with Mr Hill following his appointment which will involve recommending individual reparations through the Next Steps – Stolen Generations Reparation Scheme.

“The scheme will involve a fund of up to $6 million for ex gratia payments for those members of the state’s Aboriginal communities removed from their families,” Minister Maher says.

“The reparations scheme is a significant step in South Australia’s reconciliation journey and is part of the State Government’s $11 million Stolen Generations reparations fund.

“As a well-respected former Member of the South Australian Parliament and Minister, Mr Hill held a variety of portfolios that worked with Aboriginal people, including Environment and Conservation, Health, the River Murray, , Southern Suburbs and Minister Assisting the Premier in the Arts. Mr Hill is well qualified to undertake this role.

“Mr Hill will constructively contribute to the process of reparation and healing through hearing the personal stories of applicants, and speak with family members and people connected with the removal.

“Mr Hill’s primary role will be to determine whether an applicant is eligible for an ex gratia payment and based on Mr Hill’s recommendations as the Independent Assessor, the government will decide the amount of the payment. The scheme allows for payments of up to $50,000.

“The reparations scheme will begin on March 31 next year, and the application process will remain open for 12 months.

“Mr Hill’s appointment is a critical part of the reparations scheme, which will enable us to compensate South Australian members of the Stolen Generations without the need for litigation, and taking into account the loss of documents, witnesses, and memories over time.

“Importantly, the scheme will also allow members of the Stolen Generations to tell their stories, which the 1997 Bringing Them Home report found was a critical part of the healing process.”