The long-term traumatic impact of children being taken away from their families deserves more than a short sermon
On the day of the Abbott-Turnbull leadership spill in 2015, the Channel Seven Sunrise host Samantha Armytage joined the talking heads from the other mainstream television stations outside Parliament House. It was the first parliamentary sitting day of the year and they were broadcasting live – all of them set up next to each other, less than five metres apart. But they could not have anticipated the backdrop.
That day various Grandmothers Against Removals groups from around the country had descended on Canberra to protest against the skyrocketing rates of Aboriginal child removal. It had been organised months in advance.