WGAR News: Bid to reduce Indigenous child removal: Biwa Kwan, SBS Radionews

Newsletter date: 1 December 2013

Contents:

* The Stringer: Stolen Generations continue
* Biwa Kwan, SBS Radionews: Bid to reduce Indigenous child removal
* Anna Patty, Canberra Times: New South Wales: Another stolen generation looms, warn protesters
* SNAICC News: Minister pledges his support for Aboriginal controlled services
* Background to 'Keeping Them Home': Campaign against Forced Aboriginal Adoption in the NT

* Gerry Georgatos, The Stringer: South Australia drawing closer with Stolen Generations reparations

THE STRINGER: STOLEN GENERATIONS CONTINUE

- Analysis / Opinion

The Stringer: Stolen Generations continue
http://thestringer.com.au/stolen-generations-continue/
16 Nov 13: "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are still being removed from their families at rates equivalent to and at times greater than the rates they were removed during the Stolen Generations. When comparing removal rates the comparisons have to be made against the numbers of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders peoples who have been identified as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander for more than a few generations rather than against the larger numbers of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people that the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census identifies, " By The Stringer

* BIWA KWAN, SBS RADIONEWS: BID TO REDUCE INDIGENOUS CHILD REMOVAL

- Audio

SBS Radionews: Bid to reduce Indigenous child removal
By Biwa Kwan
http://www.sbs.com.au/podcasts/Podcasts/radionews/episode/301305/Bid-to-...
18 Nov 13: "Community consultations across Australia on the over-representation of Indigenous children in out-of-home care. ... Representatives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families say state governments, businesses and community groups must help efforts to reduce soaring levels of Indigenous children being removed from their families. A group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander non-government organisations has launched a round of community consultations across the country in the hope of addressing the over-representation of Indigenous children in out-of-home care. ... " By Biwa Kwan

* ANNA PATTY, CANBERRA TIMES: NEW SOUTH WALES: ANOTHER STOLEN GENERATION LOOMS, WARN PROTESTERS

- Analysis / Opinion

Canberra Times: New South Wales: Another stolen generation looms, warn protesters
http://www.canberratimes.com.au/nsw/another-stolen-generation-looms-warn...
28 Nov 13: "The government is opening the way to a new stolen generation, protesters outside State Parliament have warned. The NSW government plans to introduce controversial adoption laws allowing the forced removal of children from their mothers. ... The opposition spokeswoman for family and community services, Linda Burney, said the legal profession, Aboriginal and community-based disability groups have expressed concerns around the proposed measures on adoption." Anna Patty, a State Political Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald

* SNAICC NEWS: MINISTER PLEDGES HIS SUPPORT FOR ABORIGINAL CONTROLLED SERVICES

- Media Release

SNAICC News: Media Release 15 November 2013 - Minister pledges his support for Aboriginal controlled services
[SNAICC: Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care]
http://www.snaicc.org.au/news-events/fx-view-article.cfm?loadref=32&id=1261
15 Nov 13: "At a forum attended by over 140 non-government organisations and community members, the Northern Territory Minister for Children and Families, John Elferink yesterday pledged his support for Aboriginal controlled services.
The Minister said "I would love for communities to come to me and say, this is what we want to do, this is how we could do it, can you support it? Bring me a model and I will support it", he said.
The Minister was speaking at a public forum held in Darwin organised by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) in partnership with Strong Families together (SAF,T) and Northern Territory Council of Social Service.
The forum was exploring the issue of the continued removal of Aboriginal children from their families and placed in out-of-home care. Since 2003 the number of children being taken away has tripled in the Northern Territory and represents six times the rate of removal compared to non-Aboriginal children. ... "

* BACKGROUND TO 'KEEPING THEM HOME': CAMPAIGN AGAINST FORCED ABORIGINAL ADOPTION IN THE NT

Last updated: 9 November 2013

http://indymedia.org.au/2013/07/03/background-to-keeping-them-home-campa...

* GERRY GEORGATOS, THE STRINGER: SOUTH AUSTRALIA DRAWING CLOSER WITH STOLEN GENERATIONS REPARATIONS

- Analysis / Opinion

The Stringer: South Australia drawing closer with Stolen Generations reparations
http://thestringer.com.au/south-australia-drawing-closer-with-stolen-gen...
14 Nov 13: "In South Australian, State Greens Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation spokesperson, Tammy Franks, has spent the last three years trying to push through parliament a Stolen Generations reparations Bill. After a long wait, Ms Franks’ Bill received support from a parliamentary committee. Ms Franks welcomes the support for the Bill by members of both the Labor and Liberal parties of the Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee (ALPSC). The ALPSC inquired into Ms Franks’ 2010 Stolen Generations Reparations Tribunal Bill. ... " By Gerry Georgatos, a life-long human rights and social justice campaigner, a multi-award winning investigative journalist

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