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.
The national movement against Stolen Generations reaches the press in Finland!
Fram till 1970-talet omhändertog de australiensiska myndigheterna tusentals av ursprungsbefolkningens barn och placerade dem i fosterhem och institutioner. Barn som fått benämningen ”den stulna generationen”. År 2008 bad Australiens regering offentligt om ursäkt. Ändå upprepas samma sak igen. Click here to read more.
About 100 people gathered in Brisbane ahead of the G20 leaders’ summit to protest against the treatment of Indigenous Australians. The group converged on Roma Street in the CBD this morning, with many draped in Aboriginal flags and holding placards. Click here to read more.
Grandmothers Against Removals (NSW) has condemned what it calls a continuing Stolen Generation of Aboriginal children, citing shocking statistics in the Productivity Commission report, Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage – Key Indicators 2014. Click here to read more.
Family and Community Services (Facs) NSW have established a working group in northern NSW to trial alternatives to removing children from their families, such as putting them in the care of another family member. Click here to read more.
The New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services has agreed to work with Aboriginal elders to curb the rising number of Aboriginal children who are forcibly removed from their families. Click here to read more.
Yet another harrowing child removal case has emerged in Sydney, revealed by NITV News. Click here to see more.
NITV’s Natalie Ahmat speaks with solicitor Cheryl Orr about the legalities of child removal, particularly in New South Wales.