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Rally ends with claims Govt using emotional blackmail

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on Aug 3rd, 2002.

Aboriginal groups have accused the Queensland Government of using
emotional blackmail to try to pressure them into accepting a compensation
offer for decades of withheld wages.

About 100 people rallied in Brisbane today, concerned that those affected
are being pressured into accepting the deal before next week's deadline.

Ruth Hegarty from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Board
says suggestions by the government that the offer should be accepted
before more people die without their money are hurtful.

"The old people are going to die anyway, we're dying all the time, and
we're dying without the $4,000," she said.

"This is not going to make dying any easier for any one of us, even if you
take the $4,000, because your funeral costs will blow out much further
than that and the young people will still be left with a debt."



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