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Are Australia’s stolen generations evidence of cultural genocide?

For around seven decades generations of Indigenous Australians were removed from their families by local/national governments and church authorities. Various attitudes toward Australian integration and changing demographics of the Indigenous peoples of Australia led to parliaments passing child removal policies. Some argued it would save Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders from extinction, while others saw children of mixed-descent a threat to the stability of the prevailing (European) culture in the country. The policies that led to the stolen generations are therefore seen by many as an intentional attempt by the state to irradiate Indigenous culture in Australia, while others believe genocide to be hyperbole and question the evidence that demonstrates intent. Was the forced removal of children of Australian Indigenous decent from their families cultural genocide or ineffective government policy?
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No evidence of intent and therefore genocide

The decimation of Aboriginal Australians is truly tragic, however for it to be described as genocide there needs to be some proof of intent to eradicate the population, although there is a distinct lack of evidence for this. Australian historian Keith Windschuttle analysed public records from 1880 to 1970 and found 8,250 cases of Aboriginal children being taken into care, but not all were forced into this system. Windschuttle found many instances of voluntarily separation with children being removed to be educated, alongside instances of children being removed for their own protection, but no evidence of any state or federal policy to remove Aboriginal children from their parents to eliminate them as a race of people. The intent is an important aspect that can be overlooked, the popular consensus of the time was that Aboriginal Australians faced extinction following massive population decline after colonial contact. Politicians of the time wrote about this idea and of integrating and assimilating mixed-race children into society as a naïve way to “save” Australians from extinction, not to destroy them as a people.

abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/ABS@.NSF/2f762f95845417aeca25706c00834efa/bfc28642d31c215cca256b350010b3f4!OpenDocument theoccidentalobserver.net/2018/09/09/the-jewish-war-on-white-australia-colin-tatz-and-the-genocide-charge-part-four

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Cultural genocide

As late as the 1970s Australian children of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage were removed from their parents in an effort to assimilate them into European culture. But what is clearly cultural genocide is often questioned on the basis of scale and intent, some arguing the scale was too small or there was no intent to eradicate Indigenous cultures in doing this. However the government’s own official estimate is that up to one in three Indigenous Australian children were forcibly taken from their families, clearly a scale that has decimated Indigenous cultures. Likewise, arguments against the intent of this genocide go against clear-recorded statements of the time, the government’s advisor or ‘Chief Protector’, Cecil Cook, stated that “everything necessary [must be done] to convert the halfcaste (mixed heritage) into a white citizen” [1].

Arguments that question the genocidal intent of the child removal policies of the Australian government are themselves often based on a racist mentality that still persists in Australia today, viewing such atrocities as “in the best interests of Aboriginal children” [2]. Regardless of intent removing generations of children has disrupted transfers of knowledge, and the deep oral culture and knowledge of Indigenous peoples has been completely lost. That is not to mention all the massacres, violence, disease and loss of land caused by European colonisers, which in the wider scale of history should be remembered as genocide.

healthinfonet.ecu.edu.au/learn/health-topics/healing/stolen-generations cram.com/essay/Effects-Of-The-Stolen-Generations-On-Indigenous/F3UEWQP2BXZQ [1] web.archive.org/web/20080226224620/http://www.humanrights.gov.au/education/bth/download/laws/bth_laws_histnt_10r.pdf [2] journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0907568299006003002 commonground.org.au/learn/the-stolen-generations

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Arguments that question the genocidal intent of the child removal policies of the Australian government are themselves often based on a racist mentality that still persists in Australia today, viewing such atrocities as “in the best interests of Aboriginal children” [2]. Regardless of intent removing generations of children has disrupted transfers of knowledge, and the deep oral culture and knowledge of Indigenous peoples has been completely lost. That is not to mention all the massacres, violence, disease and loss of land caused by European colonisers, which in the wider scale of history should be remembered as genocide.
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