The nation has been shocked by the reported rape of two year old Aboriginal girl at Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory. The girl’s injuries were so severe that she had to be flown to Adelaide, a 24 year old man is now in police custody. People are not just angered at the fact that somebody would carry out such an horrific act but the fact that child protection authorities in the Northern Territory allowed this to happen.
We have learned that Territory Families responsible for child protection in the Territory had received 21 calls about problems at the property where the child was raped over a two year period. We have also learned that girl is being returned to her mother who lives at the same property. The aftermath has also brought to light to the horrific levels of violence and alcohol abuse in the Tennant Creek area which has the highest police to citizen ratio in the country.
One thing that is certainly not responsible for this appalling situation is racism by white people. But the fear that white people have of being accused of racism has certainly made this situation worse. The left and self appointed indigenous spokespeople have created a culture in child protection authorities that removing Aboriginal children from dangerous home environments is creating a new stolen generation.
It seems to matter more to these people that an Aboriginal child be in the care of other Aboriginal people rather than the safest environment. They claim these children need to be raised in traditional Aboriginal culture which they believe to be one of the most enriched in the world.
Why just because a child happens to be born of Aboriginal descent they have to be brought in an isolated primitive community that puts them in danger? Isn’t that racism, that because a child is Aboriginal they are not entitled to the same lifestyle that a white child would enjoy in our major cities?
Of course the people who scream about another stolen generation being created are those living in the inner cities who while criticizing the white man enjoy of all the benefits of his medicines and technology. They are the same people who cheered on Tarneen Onus-Williams who on Australia Day said “F**k Australia. Hope it burns to the f**king ground”.
It is worth noting however that this policy from child protection authorities of family preservation and fear of creating another stolen generation isn’t just confined to Aboriginal children and those in remote communities. In the inner cities this policy is practiced and has the same horrific results. A Coroner’s inquest in Sydney is hearing the case of an ice-addicted mother whose two infant children died and how reports to the state’s family and community services department about the filth, neglect and violence at the mother’s home were ignored.
Of course in perfect world everybody wants children to be raised by their biological parents, but the safety of children should always be paramount. Children would be better raised in a loving home with couples who are not their parents than a traumatic and abusive upbringing with their birth parents.
Family preservation policies often sees children at risks in and out of foster care homes and the more time they spend in the abusive environment the more likely those children are to be involved in misbehavior at school and juvenile crime perpetuating the inter-generational nature of broken families. The only way to break the cycle is for these children at risk to be adopted out as young as possible and placed in permanent care where the cycle of crime and poverty can be broken.
This policy should be the same for children of all colors. If we truly want to end racism we should stop thinking that a child’s race or culture is more important than their safety. If we are labelled creating a new so called stolen generation for doing this then so be it. The investigation into how this horrific act occurred in the Northern Territory should conclude never again and children protection agencies should no longer fear taking decisive action to actually protect children.