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After the Apology: Sorry means you don't do it again

Why has removal of Indigenous children risen, 20 years on?

Indigenous children are still being removed from their families at increasing rates, despite the clear links to negative child health and education outcomes.

Why and how is this still happening?

The 2008 Apology to Australia’s Indigenous peoples by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was lauded as a defining moment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history.

Unfortunately, since then, and in the last two decades after the watershed Bringing them Home Report, the Australian Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their families, removals of Indigenous children from their families have risen in Australia.

In response to these alarming statistics and the detrimental impact on the children, their families and communities, Professor Larissa Behrendt made a landmark documentary exploring the continued practice of child removal and the community responses.1

Central to the story is the plight of an extraordinary group of women, Grand Mothers Against Removal, who are not only taking on the system that has historically removed Indigenous children from their families, but changing it.

Join us for the panel discussion with filmmaker, barrister and Professor Larissa Behrendt and special guests.

The University of Sydney’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services), Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver AM, will moderate the conversation with Professor Behrent and Boe Rambaldini, Director of the University’s The Poche Centre for Indigenous Heath.

Image: Source: After The Apology (Film) – Creative Spirits, retrieved from, After the Apology



Tuesday 19 November 2019 from 6pm to 7.30pm


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