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We took the children from the Mothers: What about the Mothers (and Fathers) then?

Buti, Antonio (2002) We took the children from the Mothers: What about the Mothers (and Fathers) then? Sister in Law, 6 . pp. 128-146.

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The quotation in the title to this paper was spoken by the then Prime Minister of Australia, the Hon Mr Paul Keating, at Redfern, 10 December 1992, when launching the 'International Year of Indigenous People'. The Prime Minister, added: "We failed to ask - how would I feel if this were done to me?"

Much has happen since 1992, including the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families (hereafter National Inquiry) and the 'Peoples Walk for Reconciliation'. Hence, to some extent we (non-Aboriginal Australia) have asked the question. However, the question and the answer(s) have, to a large degree, focused on how the removed children felt and how their 'rights' were violated. Some, but little attention, has been spent on examining Keating's question from the view of the parents of the removed children. To some degree this is understandable because, in comparison to the removed children, very few of the parents remain alive to express their hurt and damage.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Law
Publisher: Enid Russell Society, School of Law, Murdoch University
Copyright: Enid Russell Society
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Notes: From 2002 Australian Journal of Gender and Law (1836-9723)
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