Indigenous Child Welfare Post Bringing Them Home: From Aspirations for Self-Determination to Neo-Liberal Assimilation
Australian Indigenous Law Review, Forthcoming
30 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2016 Last revised: 20 Jun 2016
Date Written: June 2016
This article examines why the human rights framework, recommended by Bringing them home, for reform of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child welfare has not been effectively implemented almost 20 years post the Stolen Generations Inquiry. It critically examines the difference between a human rights framework for child welfare which embraces principles of self-determination and recognition of plural political values compared with a universal individual rights paradigm. It argues that while there have been deep set difficulties with implementing human rights which are pluralised and political in a liberal legal environment, the neo-liberal political and social values which have ascended post the National Inquiry are incompatible with and directly undercut the human rights framework recommended by the National Inquiry.
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