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Not Seen, Not Heard: The Hidden Stolen Generation


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In 2008, when Kevin Rudd made his historic apology to the Stolen Generations of Indigenous Australians, he envisaged ‘a future where this parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.’

Since that speech, the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care has surged by an appalling 65 per cent. Today there are more than 15,000 Indigenous kids living in out-of-home care; they are nine times more likely than non-Indigenous kids to be removed from their parents.

We’ll explore the attitudes and policies that lead to child removals, and the thinking behind these practices. How does systemic discrimination lead to child removal? How are Indigenous leaders shaping the conversation and bringing change? Join us for a discussion of a critical issue for all Australians.

Presented in partnership with the Family Matters campaign.


Natalie Lewis

Natalie Lewis is a descendant of the Gamilaraay (Kamilaroi) Nation and is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP). Her professional experience has been called upon in Queensland and in the US in the areas of youth j... Read more

Andrew Jackomos

Andrew Jackomos is a proud Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara man and was appointed in July 2013 as the inaugural Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People in Victoria. As Commissioner, Andrew is responsible for advocating for and overseeing the provision of state government services to Aboriginal ... Read more

Muriel Bamblett

Professor Muriel Bamblett is a proud Yorta Yorta and Dja Dja woman and one of Australia’s leading experts on Aboriginal child welfare. She has been Chief Executive Officer of the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency since 1999. Muriel has long been an active advocate for having Aborigi... Read more

Mat Tinkler

Mat Tinkler is Director Policy and Public Affairs and International Programs at Save the Children. He has the dual responsibility for delivering International Programs, primarily focused on the Asia-Pacific region, along with ensuring that Save the Children is a strong voice for vulnerable children ... Read more


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