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Continuing the Stolen Generations: Child Protection Interventions and Indigenous People

In: The International Journal of Children's Rights
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Heather Douglas
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Tamara Walsh The University of Queensland, Australia, h.douglas@law.uq.edu.au; t.walsh@law.uq.edu.au

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Indigenous Australian children are significantly over-represented in out of home care. Figures evidencing this over-representation continue to increase at a startling rate. Similar experiences have been identified among native peoples in Canada, the United States and New Zealand. Drawing on interviews with lawyers who work with Indigenous parents in child protection matters in Queensland, Australia, this article examines how historical factors, discriminatory approaches and legal structures and processes contribute to the high rates of removal and, we argue, to the perpetuation of the stolen generations.

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