Not Seen, Not Heard: The Hidden Stolen Generation

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
17 May 2017
Author / Presenters: 
Natalie Lewis, Andrew Jackomos, and Muriel Bamblett

In 2008, when Kevin Rudd made his historic apology to the Stolen Generations of Indigenous Australians, he envisaged ‘a future where this parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.’

Since that speech, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care has surged by an appalling 65 per cent. Today there are nearly 1700 Indigenous kids living in out-of-home care; they are nine times more likely than non-Indigenous kids to be removed from their parents.

We’ll explore the attitudes and policies that lead to child removals, and the thinking behind these practices. How does systemic discrimination lead to child removal? How are Indigenous leaders shaping the conversation and bringing change? Join us for a discussion of a critical issue for all Australians.

Presented in partnership with the Family Matters campaign.