Skip to main content

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood ((PSHC))

Abstract

Australia was one of the first nations to undertake national inquiries into historical child welfare policies and practices and to formally apologize to survivors (Nobles, 2008; Sköld, 2013). History has been central to the process. In May 1995 the then attorney general Michael Lavarch asked the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) to investigate the separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families ‘in response to increasing concern among key Indigenous agencies and communities that the general public’s ignorance of the history of forcible removal was hindering the recognition of the needs of its victims and their families and provision of services’ (HREOC, 1997, p. 15). When the inquiry tabled its land-mark report Bringing Them Home in 1997, Australia was propelled into a period of heated public debate about the validity of its findings and the appropriate response.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this chapter

Chapter
USD 29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
eBook
USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as EPUB and PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book
USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info
Hardcover Book
USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Durable hardcover edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Institutional subscriptions

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Authors

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Copyright information

© 2015 Nell Musgrove

About this chapter

Cite this chapter

Musgrove, N. (2015). The Role and Importance of History. In: Sköld, J., Swain, S. (eds) Apologies and the Legacy of Abuse of Children in ‘Care’. Palgrave Studies in the History of Childhood. Palgrave Macmillan, London. https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137457554_13

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137457554_13

  • Publisher Name: Palgrave Macmillan, London

  • Print ISBN: 978-1-349-49869-7

  • Online ISBN: 978-1-137-45755-4

  • eBook Packages: Palgrave History CollectionHistory (R0)

Publish with us

Policies and ethics