Based on real accounts of her upbringing, Larissa Behrendt’s novel Home is about the impact of Australia’s stolen generation era. Panned over 3 generations of a family, ripped apart by the governments polices, the novel opens your eyes to see how tragic the removal of Aboriginal children from their homes really was. The story following 3 families starts off with aboriginal teenager Garibooli. Garibooli is taken from her family by the police and is sent to become a servant under the wealthy Grainger and Lydia Howard. She was told by the welfare worker Mrs Carlyle that her family no longer wanted her.
6 Swan Street Perth W A 3000 26th November 1935 The Director Aboriginal Protection Board 50 Richmond Street FREEMANTLE W A 3009 Dear Sir I'm writing this letter to inform you three half caste girl have escaped from Moore River Settlement around 6 o’clock last night. Molly Craig and Daisy Kadibill are sisters while a Gracie field is their cousin. After the girls escaped, I sent Moodo, our black tracker to find them but unfortunately he couldn’t find them along the rabbit proof fence. There always have been many conflicts with our Indigenous population since white settlement come in to Australia. It is our race responsibility to ensure if there not many of them breed and to ensure they feel safe, as they feel safe we
By integrating ‘half casts’ into white society, policy makes hoped they would marry white partners and eventually, over time, diminish any traces of Indigenous culture and identity. A graphic example of the impact of child removal policies can be seen through its impact on Malcolm Smith and his family. Malcolm Smith, a child of the Stolen Generation, was taken away after stealing a push bike, the state saw his parents ‘unfit’ and continued to tear apart their once big family. The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, Report of the Inquiry into the Death of Malcolm Charles Smith (1989) 1-5 stated
Western settlers destroyed traditional Native American ways of life by moving into their traditional homeland. As western settlers moved on to the land that was first owned by native Americans, the Natives were forced to move into reservations. Reservations were fenced in and one could not walk freely outside the borders. The Homestead Act of 1862 stated that160 acres of land was given to any settler who was an American citizen or who had applied for citizenship, who was committed to farming the land for six months of the year, and had to build a dwelling and raise crops. This land that the government was giving away was traditional homeland to the Native Americans.
However one of the worst things I feel that Australia has done was the stolen generation, this time of our history I would say Is our darkest, it was when the government tried to extinguish the Aboriginal colour an look from the world, they would come an take the children away from there parents, like kidnap them an take them to these camps were they would be trained to be white ect. In class we have being watching a film called the Rabbit Proof Fence an its about a family of 3 young girls who have being kidnapped an taken to a place In western Australia, were they then decide to escape an track back to there familes. It’s a heart wrenching story but it also opens up our eyes to the horror an racism that the government
In 1837, this practice was made official with the appointment by the British Select Committee of “Protectors of Aboriginies” in Australia. In 1869 Indigenous child removal legislation was put in place in all states and territories, giving the “Protectors” the power to remove children, and in 1937 assimilation was adopted as the official national Indigenous affairs policy. It was not until 1969 that Indigenous child removal legislation was removed. Even if past governments had good, albeit ethnocentric intentions, the effects of these policies have been devastating, and this dark and disturbing history of racism and assimilation still haunts many Aboriginal communities
Fear of immigration has been strong in Australia since the first immigrants settled in 1788. Unfortunately, the case remains the same today. When my mother was a young girl in Australia, she recalls a general fear in the community of European settlers for no reason other than that they congregated together in groups. I remember when I was young, a great fear of the Asian community who had settled and who also congregated among themselves. This fear was escalated with stories of violence and weapon use which I never witnessed, but was happy to believe anyway.
Australia is the nation built on the principles of freedom and equality for everybody, but this is not true for Aboriginal people – the first owners of this land. From 1909 to 1969, the Australian government implemented the policy that forced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to leave their parents’ arms in order to assimilate these children and declared that they were adequately protected and given a better life (Reconciliaction, 2007). The statistics of the Bringing Them Home report suggests that there were about one-tenth and one-third of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children taken away from their families (Bringing Them Home, 1997, p. 31). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children separated from their families were called the “stolen generations” (Australia Human Rights Commission, 2012). These children had to live in poor conditions, poor quality and received a strange
Their economic, social and cultural levels are barely noticeable. Many lack of arable land, water and communications. Normal Schools, especially in rural areas, were born with the idea of giving the opportunity to the poorest communities in Mexico to access an education that will help to improve their lives. Attacks on Ayotzinapa students who have mourned students and activists across the country, are the most violent onslaught that the student movement has received since 1968. But it is part of an ongoing and systematic harassment exerted by the three levels of government against rural normal school.
The bill was for euthanasia in Australia and the rights of terminally ill patients and did not pass through South Australia's government. Despite the 85% of Australians who stand for euthanasia in Australia. So I ask you, if you were told that you had 4 months to live, the first month will be relatively pain free, the second is when the pain will begin, the third is when it will be painful and difficult to do normal tasks and the fourth will be complete agony, restrict you to a hospital bed and lose your independence and strength, would you make the choice to die at home, with your family and friends, while you can still interact with them or would you decide to go through that fourth month? My point is, it doesn't matter what answer you give me because regardless of your choices and freedom in life, our government won't listen. It's time that we are able to make that choice, instead of just lying there, in fear, of our own end of time.