The removal of Indigenous children from their families is one of the darkest chapters in the history of Australia. Hundreds of thousands of children were stolen, leading to the devastation of their families and communities. In 1997, the full extent of the horror was revealed by the Human Rights & Equal Opportunities Commission in its report, Bringing them Home.
"Assimilation" (and other names by which the practice of stealing children was known) was a genocidal policy. Its purpose was the destruction of Indigenous culture and community, and as such it played a key role in the dispossession of Indigenous people.
This pamphlet examines the evidence in the report and debunks the racist arguments used by today's government to deny full acknowledgement and reparation. It argues that the government's aim is to perpetuate the oppression of Indigenous people to the advantage of the Australian ruling class, especially in the mining and pastoral industries.