The Nauru Files – Australia’s Other Stolen Generation
By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine
Long before Nauru, Australia had stolen Generations. During the years 1970-1970 thousands of aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families, ‘to be placed in boys and girls homes, foster families or missions. At the age of eighteen they were released into white society mostly scarred for life by their experiences.’
Why were the children stolen? It is argued that the idea was to assimilate the aboriginal population into the white society through a process of ‘breeding out.’ The logic was to make Australian society completely white in three generations. The policy backfired and it remains a dark chapter in Australian history.
In 2009 the Australian government apologized to the stolen generations; the trauma inflicted on its aboriginal population is still being felt today. Another dark chapter associated with Australia’s public policy has recently come to light…
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