Campaign/Protest

Voluntary Placement - recognition campaigns

Many children were placed into Care by their parents, rather than by the State. Children placed into Care "voluntarily" have been described as "largely invisible" to State Authorities (Forgotten Australians Report, p.72) Although the experiences of these children were similar or identical to those who were State Wards, there has been less recognition of their needs and support. In particular, access to records is often more difficult. Current campaigns are aimed at redressing this imbalance. For example, Tracie Oldham has led a sustained advocacy campaign through her own published memoir - My Shitty Life, publicity through social media, and direct lobbying of politicians.

For instance, Minister for Child Protection and Family Services, Hon. Colin Brooks MP acknowledged Oldham's activism in the Victorian Parliament, during discussions about the development of Victorian Redress Program in August 2022. He was responding to a question from MP Tania Maxwell, Derryn Hinch's Justice Party, who had highlighted Oldham's work in advocating for the status of those who were placed "voluntarily" into Care.

Key people: Tracie Oldham

More information: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJRj8cYUwsE


National Library Oral Histories

More than 200 interviews with Australian survivors of institutional out-of-home Care by the National Library of Australia, between 2009 and 2012. Recordings and transcripts are available either online or by visiting the library in Canberra.

 


Open Place (Vic)

A support and advocacy service for survivors of institutional Care in Victoria. Established and funded by the Victorian Government as one of its commitments after its formal apology to Victorian Forgotten Australians in 2006. Initially funding was provided to the community sector organisation Berry Street to manage Open Place. In July 2020 Relationships Australia Victoria became the provider of Open Place.

www.openplace.org.au


AFA - Life Stories

The Alliance for Forgotten Australians recorded and published a series of video interviews.


AFA- info booklet

The Alliance for Forgotten Australians produced an information booklet aimed at informing and educating government and community agencies and other professionals about the needs of people who spent their childhood in institutional Care.


The Coorlbaroo Club (WA)

The Coorlbaroo Club was a music venue in East Perth, founded by Aboriginal music fans and activists to create a place where culture could be shared, and political movements for equality nurtured.

Key people: Jack and Bill Poland, Helena Murphy, George Abdullah, Bill Bodney, Tommy Bropho.


Deputation to WA Premier

A group of Aboriginal men met with the WA Premier to advocate for repeal of the Aborigines Act 1905.

Key Organisations: The Native Union.

Key People: William Harris, Edward Harris, Norman Cleaver Harris, Algernon Kickett, Edward Jacobs, Wilfred Morrison, William Bodney.

Links: Western Mail, 15 March, 1928


SNAICC National Conference

The Secretariat of the National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) resolved at its Brisbane conference in 1990 to demand an Inquiry into the removal of Aboriginal Children. SNAICC called for a Human Rights Commission Inquiry rather than a Royal Comission, because it had learnt during the Royal Commission into Deaths in Custody that that format would be too formal, and would exclude meaningful participation by Aboriginal people


Care Leaver Redress Scheme (Vic)

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Home Stretch

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