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RE Letter to the editor In reply to your letter I would like to inform you that the policy regarding the removal of Aboriginal children was not as you stated As soon as a child was born they were considered a ward of the state because of their Aboriginality The policy of Assimilation was established in 1911 for the removal of children from their community to extinguish their culture This is also known as Genocide but was not seen that way until the policy was removed in the mid 1960s Bessy Flower was born in 1943 and taken from her home at 19 months She was a product of the Assimilation policy Bessy was removed just the same as most of the other children pulled obscenely from her mothers arms She was placed to live in the Annesfield native institution for the next 14 years of her life Just the same as most of the other Aboriginal children in the homes she was no longer allowed to make any contact with her family and was subjected to ongoing physical mental and sexual abuse malnutrition and humiliation In some of the institutions the standards of living were degrading just so that the children could have an education and become absorbed into the white community some say it was as if they had been tried to be turned a different shade of white The half-caste children were taken under a legislation which gave guardianship to the protectors in their state of origin The people that looked after the children once they were removed once called protectors took up the role of paternalism This gave the parents no right to appeal to the court of law and the children had no choice in what they did or where they went After 1940 the children were removed under the general child welfare legislation but still the way the children were extracted was much the same as before Only very
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