Aboriginal people of the Stolen Generation were given criminal records for being taken away from their families by the Australian government. Their crime was being “a child in need of care.” They could be as young as two.
It was standard practice in Australia until 1989. Many are alive today who have a criminal record, solely for being born an Aboriginal person.
byronfowler: This just not only happen in Australia. It was and still is a world wide problem. The truth is, it was not Australian born people who done this. It was those pommy born bastards. Let’s get that right.
@byronfowler is saying that the British colonialists, not Australian-born British citizens, who gave Aboriginal persons criminal records for being born Aboriginal.
They are correct that the practice likely started under British rule. It was up and running by 1950. But even if this practice started under the British, it continued until 1989, and Australia became fully independent from Great Britain by 1948
when the Nationality and Citizenship Act passed. After 1948, everyone who had been born in Australia was an Australian citizen, and it was Australian-born Australians running the provincial and national government.
For those of you doing the math, 1989 is forty-one years after Australian independence. It was not being “forced” on Australians by a British colonial government for forty-one years. Australians – white Australians – wanted to take Aboriginals away from their families.
And Australians cannot blame the British for the fact that those criminal records can still be used to legally discriminate against Aboriginal persons. Today! Those criminal records, given as young as two, can deny someone housing, a job, a loan, or even kinship rights in 2017.
It would be nicer, easier, cleaner if Australians could lay all the blame on the British. But they cannot.