MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: It’s been seven years today since prime minister Kevin Rudd apologised to the Stolen Generations. But the reality is day-to-day life hasn’t improved much for many Aborigines, especially children. Click here to read more.
There’s been a sharp rise in the number of indigenous children being placed in out of home care. Indigenous “Grandmothers against Removals” are demanding a national reunification scheme for children and their families and an independent review of the welfare policies driving these statistics. The grandmothers say we’re in danger of creating another stolen generation. So can we reduce child removals while at the same time acting in the best interests of indigenous children? Click here to read more.
An Aboriginal woman living in Alice Springs says the NT government had ‘no right’ to remove children from her care.
Sitting under a shady tree in her front yard, Rose (not her real name) speaks quietly, but does not falter.
“They’re taking a lot of kids from us,” she said. Click here to read more.
Debra Swan, who worked in child protection in NSW for 13 years before she quit after her sister’s grandchildren were removed, told New Matilda it wasn’t a new Stolen Generations.
“The Stolen Generations never stopped. It’s a continuation. They just changed the language of it.” Click here to read more.
A protest took place at parliament house today, raising serious issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities around Australia. The sit-in was a collaboration between several groups, but they shared a common goal; to voice their concerns. In NSW one in nine aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children is removed from their families. That’s the highest racial removal rate in the world. After a meeting with Indigenous affairs minister Nigel Scullion, some activists feel reassured that progress will begin. There is, however, a lot of work to be done. Click to read more.
The National Sovereign Grannies Group is calling for support as the removal rates of our kids from family increase.