No redress for Aborigines

The Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, rejected calls to pay compensation to Aborigines for the forced removal of children from their families during decades of forced assimilation.

"This is asking one generation to accept legal responsibility for the acts of earlier generations," Mr Howard told parliament, resisting an opposition motion for compensation during a debate on Australia's "stolen generation". The Labor opposition has joined Aboriginal leaders in calling for compensation for thousands of Aborigines abducted from their parents. The practice stopped in the 1960s. Reuters - Canberra