Modern Myth: 'Generations' of Aboriginal children were 'stolen'
One fine morning Australians woke up to find the credit rating of their country—the moral credit rating, that is—plummeting out of control. A damaging tale about “stolen children” had been invented. It was said that between 1880 and 1970, about 100,000 Aboriginal youngsters had been cruelly torn from their mothers and families and institutionalized, and that Australia had been guilty of genocide. Scholarly studies even compared this thriving liberal democracy to Hitler’s Germany.
Somehow the story didn’t sound right. Or not to ordinary people. It sounded more like university men playing fast and loose with language, inflating the meaning of the words “culture” and “genocide” for their own dubious purposes, while liberally employing suppressio veri and suggestio falsi to deal with awkward facts along the way.
And so it was.