Indigenous Child Welfare Post Bringing them Home: From Aspirations for Self-Determination to Neoliberal Assimilation

Indigenous Law Centre
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Australian Indigenous Law Review, 2016, 19 (1), pp. 46 - 61
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Almost 20 years post Bringing then home the contemporary child welfare recommendations from the Stolen Generations Inquiry, which focus on cultural recognition and self determination, even when partially legislated for have not been implemented in practice. This article argues that while there are deep set difficulties with recognition of Indigenous peoples' collective rights within a liberal legal environment, the neoliberal political and social values which have ascended post the National Inquiry are incompatible with, and directly undercut, the human rights framework recommended by Bringing them home.
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