The Northern Territory Government is failing to follow its own child protection laws that recommend Indigenous children be placed within their families and communities as a priority, the Independent Member for Nhulunbuy says.
Yingiya Mark Guyula used the anniversary of Kevin Rudd’s 2008 apology to the stolen generations to issue a warning about the way Indigenous children were being removed from their families today.
“That legislation was broken by the Government themselves — they broke their own law and that’s why I have stood here and I am standing here to say this must stop,” Mr Guyula said.
You don’t hear the phrase “off the beaten track” so often these days but it’s the perfect description for Lonely Beach in East Arnhem Land. We get there by four-wheel drive from an equally remote beach called Bawaka, in the Port Bradshaw area, having reached that spot after a couple of hours over soft sand, also by four-wheel drive, from Nhulunbuy on the Gove Peninsula. We got there by air from Darwin, and to Darwin by … Well, you get the picture. This is a long way from down south and, for our little group of Sydneysiders, it’s almost like another country.