22 March | The Guardian | Another stolen generation: how Australia still wrecks Aboriginal families


The mass removal of Indigenous children from their parents continues unabated – where is the outrage?

The tape is searing. There is the voice of an infant screaming as he is wrenched from his mother, who pleads, “There is nothing wrong with my baby. Why are you doing this to us? I would’ve been hung years ago, wouldn’t I? Because [as an Aboriginal Australian] you’re guilty before you’re found innocent.” The child’s grandmother demands to know why “the stealing of our kids is happening all over again”. A welfare official says, “I’m gunna take him, mate.” See link below for more.

11 March | Time Magazine | Australian Child Protection Accused of Repeating Sins of ‘Stolen Generations’

By Ian Lloyd Neubauer

While social services deny targeting Aboriginal families, the statistics of children in out-of-home care paint a disturbing picture

Members of Grandmothers Against Removals protesting against the overrepresentation of indigenous children in the child-protection system on the steps of the Parliament House of New South Wales in Sydney on Feb. 13, 2014

“The injustices of the past must never, never happen again,” Rudd said of the 19th century policy born out of the eugenics-based view that blacks were morally inferior and couldn’t properly care for their offspring. Once removed, children could be brought up “white” and assimilated into broad society so that in time there would be no more indigenous people left in Australia. Click here to read more.


23 Feb | Al Jazeera | Australia’s indigenous disadvantage problem


Rights advocates question sincerity of prime minister’s pledge to tackle aboriginal inequality.

An aboriginal elder carries burning gum leaves during a ceremony on Australia Day in Sydney in January [AP]

On the electoral campaign trail in August 2012, Tony Abbott called on black and white Australians to “open their hearts to one another”. Then opposition leader he explained, “It is my hope that I could be not just the prime minister but the prime minister for Aboriginal affairs – the first one that we have ever had.” To read more see link below.

Source: Al Jazeera