MWC012 - Aboriginal Children - The Stolen Generation

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Between 1910 and 1970 the Australian  took 100,000 Aboriginal children away from their homes. These children, known as the Stolen Generation, were often under five years of  . They were taken away from their families because the government did not believe in the of the Aborigines. They thought it would be better to bring them to  families.

Many methods were used to  Aboriginal babies and children from their families. Children were simply taken away by government  and later told that they were  . Mothers often were given  to sign. They could not read or write and they were told it was some kind of programme.  Others were taken to hospitals and never seen by their families again. In most cases rich white families were given money to bring them up. Some went to orphanages or church .

In 1995 an  was stated to bring more truth to the topic. The government however did not to the victims.  The new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was the first Australian  to make a formal apology to the Aborigines in 2008. However, he also said that the government would not give any money to the  . He claimed that it was in the interests of government to  the children in the best way.

Up to now only one  of Australia's Stolen Generation has received money from the government. Bruce Trevorrow  was taken to hospital on Christmas Day in 1957. His father never saw him again and the government sent him to a white family. He came back to his mother when he was ten years old.  In his further life he  from depression and turned to alcohol.  In 1998 he went to court and  in getting about 500,000 dollars from the Australian government as a form of compensation.

There are many others in Australia who have suffered the same  .  Organizations are being set up to work for the  of the Aborigines and to make sure that nothing like this ever happens again.


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Sorry Day Poster - Australian politicians apologise to the Aborigines in 2008