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Motion: Stop a new Stolen Generation from happening in NSW

Lee Rhiannon 2 Oct 2014

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:26): I move:

That the Senate-
(a) notes that:
(i) children from New South Wales Aboriginal communities are being removed from their families at an unprecedented rate with more than 6 000 Aboriginal children, representing about one in 10 Aboriginal children, in out-of-home care in New South Wales,
(ii) Grandmothers Against Removal, based in Gunnedah, was formed to highlight the process of removal used by the New South Wales Department of Community Services,
(iii) Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their home on 15 January 2014 in Moree by Community Services workers and police from the Operations Support Group, who handcuffed the children's parents,
(iv) these Aboriginal children have been subsequently returned to their family home, and
(v) the New South Wales Government has failed to release film footage taken by the Operations Support Group inside the home of the children forcibly removed in Moree; and
(b) recognises that we all must do all in our power to stop the development of a new Stolen Generation.

Question agreed to.


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