The National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families concluded that over the period from 1910 to 1970 between one in three and one in ten children were forcibly removed from their families and communities and, in some places and at some times, this was a much higher proportion. The Inquiry further concluded that 'not one Indigenous family escaped the effects of forcible removal', with many affected over a number of generations. Why and how did the Australian authorities take this extreme action, and what were the outcomes? This chapter considers these questions, drawing extensively on the findings of the National Inquiry. It includes a review of the relevant legislation, policy and saying 'sorry'.
Children Families & Communities: Contexts and Consequences p. 186-204