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Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families: Bringing Them Home (1997)


A few excerpts from this report quickly puts the experience of Australia’s Aborigines into perspective:

The following is a quote from the report showing one of the rationales used by authorities in Australia to justify their abuse:

“The half-caste is intellectually above the aborigine, and it is the duty of the State that they be given a chance to lead a better life than their mothers. I would not hesitate for one moment to separate any half-caste from its aboriginal mother, no matter how frantic her momentary grief might be at the time. They soon forget their offspring.” (p. 91)

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