Pauline Hanson issues a provocative ‘apology’ to Indigenous children who live with ‘child molesters’ saying that both sides of government were too afraid to take action
- Pauline Hanson blames cancel culture for the plight of many Indigenous children
- She said both sides of politics are ‘too afraid’ to intervene in Indigenous affairs
- The senator claims Aboriginal children are sent back to live with child molesters
- It has been 13 years since Australia apologised for the Stolen Generations
Pauline Hanson has blamed ‘cancel culture’ for the lack of support given to vulnerable children suffering abuse in Aboriginal communities.
The One Nation leader said in a provocative speech to the Senate on Monday that both sides of politics are ‘too afraid’ to act because they will be labelled ‘creators of a second Stolen Generation’.
She claimed many at-risk children in remote indigenous communities are being sent back to live with ‘child molesters’.
Her controversial comments come on the anniversary of Australia’s official apology for the Stolen Generation by then-prime minister Kevin Rudd in 2008.
Senator Pauline Hanson has blamed ‘cancel culture’ for the lack of support given to vulnerable children suffering physical and sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities. Pictured: Sisters play in the mud at Hoppy’s ‘town camp’ on the outskirts of Alice Springs
Thousands of Aboriginal children were forcibly removed from their families by church missions on the orders of the Australian Government in 1905 to 1967.
‘The apology affirmed our nation’s agreement that we should never accept or condone the removal of children from their families based on race,’ Senator Hanson said.
‘But today, I am deeply saddened by the knowledge that we have much more to be sorry for around our treatment of indigenous Australians.’
She claimed indigenous children were repeatedly returned to parents who persistently abused or neglected them.
‘We’re talking about abuse and neglect that would make your toes curl,’ Senator Hanson said.
‘From rampant alcohol and drug abuse, inter-family and domestic violence – some of the worst you will ever see – the starvation and malnutrition of children.
‘The denial of education because too many Aboriginal parents refuse to send their children to school and worst of all, prostitution and paedophilia involving reportedly children as young as two.’
The One Nation leader said in a provocative speech to the Senate on Monday that both sides of politics are ‘too afraid’ to be labelled ‘creators of a second Stolen Generation’. Pictured: A child is seen at the Alice Springs Women’s Shelter in 2016
The rate of neglect and abuse among Australia’s indigenous population is significantly higher than non-Indigenous groups.
Child protection data from the Australian Institute of Family Studies found Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 6.5 times more likely to be the subject of substantiated risk of harm reports and 11 times more likely to be in out-of-home care.
‘I believe both sides of politics… lack the courage and will to act in the face of the cancel culture on behalf of these children, and the families who desperately cry out for rapid and empowering solutions,’ Senator Hanson said.
‘So, my apology is to today’s Indigenous victims. The ones who live with and suffer from the horrors of child molesters.’
Kevin Rudd is pictured Stolen Generation survivors at a breakfast to mark the 10th anniversary of Australia’s apology
Kevin Rudd was the first Prime Minister to say ‘Sorry’ to the Indigenous people
Indigenous Australians filled the galleries to hear Kevin Rudd’s apology in 2008
Prime Minister Scott Morrison also touched on the decades of ‘endless pain’ sanctioned by the state when he addressed issue of the Stolen Generations this week.
‘Children forcibly removed from parents. Mothers chasing after police cars that had taken their children,’ he said.
‘A state that seized absolute control over Aboriginal people’s lives: Where they could live, where they could travel, who they could marry, and what children, if any, they could raise.
‘Actions of brute force carried out under claims of ‘good intentions’, but in truth betrayed the ignorance of arrogance, ‘knowing better than our Indigenous peoples’.’
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders represent 33 per cent of of all children removed from their parents, despite only making up 6 per cent of the total child population.
‘If we do not address these, not least in mental health and incarceration rates, the gaps will only widen and we will have the makings of another apology in the future,’ he said.
Pauline Hanson (pictured in the Senate) claimed many at-risk children in remote Indigenous communities are being sent back to live with ‘child molesters’