Letters 27.6.20

You’re just mint, Khin

I CAN’T ever remember reading anything so heartfelt, so thoughtful, so profound and so moving as Feeling like an Aussie (Voice Letters, June 13, 2020).

Khin Myint, you’re a gem. Thank you so much for sharing. You are Australian. We all are. I came here in the 70s. 

I had lived in the multicultural Zambia in Africa for a few years as a child, and couldn’t understand the apartheid in South Africa as a child passing through. 

I was so confused that all of a sudden I couldn’t talk to anyone irregardless of nationality. 

Hopefully we will all use our past experiences to embrace the future and become a great group of Australians.

Mairead Como
North Perth

The other stolen generation

I READ with sadness the story of Maria Williams, a victim of the stolen generation. 

There is however another rarely talked about “Stolen Generation”: the 130,000 plus children who were removed – “stolen” – from their parents and placed in the care of various charitable institutes where they, like Ms Williams, suffered both sexual and physical abuse and virtual slavery, told their parents had died and had no other family, resulting in many never having contact with any member of family again.

There was no difference in the abuse and heartache suffered by both groups, except the 130,000 children were English and white, and the compensation they were offered and received was far less than their black cousins.

While this will no doubt have the politically correct-touchy feely fools jumping up and down, isn’t this ‘racism in reverse’?

I do not expect this letter to be printed because my comments are not politically correct; it does not make them any the less true.  

Bob Loftus
Beach Street, Fremantle
The Ed says: A little clarifier, Bob.

If you’re talking British child migrants, Australia’s share was around 7,000 children of the overall 130,000 sent out to various former colonies between 1920 and 1970. In terms of compensation, we had a look and it’s complex. Some white fellas took individual legal action and received more, some reparations were tied specifically to sexual abuse, each Australian state had its own scheme (WA offered money to the Stolen Generation but then immediately slashed the payment), while Britain offered its own compensation scheme. The reality is that both Indigenous and Wadjela people who were taken from their families are still fighting for just compensation.

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