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This Senator Is Demanding Parliament "Stand Against" Alan Jones

Rachel Siewart says Jones' comments on the Stolen Generations are 'astoundingly ignorant'.

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Greens senator Rachel Siewert has tabled a petition in the senate which calls on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to "stand against" talkback radio host Alan Jones after he said Australia needs a "new Stolen Generation" to save Aboriginal children.

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"We have escalating numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders going into home care and we are in serious dangers of repeating the mistakes of the past," Siewert told Buzzfeed News.

"Calls by people such as Alan Jones not only displays an astounding amount of ignorance of past practices, but also what is going on right now."

Jones made the comments last week after a listener called into his 2GB radio show complaining about the traditional Aboriginal dance and minute of silence for the Stolen Generations at the NRL Indigenous all-stars game.

“What a load of twaddle,” the listener said. “And they even had to stand for a minute silence for the Stolen Generations. When are they going to believe that half the Stolen Generation were taken for their own protection?”

“Correct, to look after them," Jones responded.

Jones argued that Australia needs a new Stolen Generation, Indigenous children forcibly removed from their families, to save Aboriginal children from drug and alcohol addicted parents.

“We need Stolen Generations. There’s a whole heap of kids going before the courts now or their families going. Mums going before the courts or dads who are on top of the world with drugs or alcohol.”

Outrage came thick and fast for Jones, and a petition calling for the prime minister to step in has garnered over 21,000 signatures online.

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"I hope this gets as much attention as possible so that people who have signed the petition know that people are listening and people are taking it seriously and trying to put it on the national agenda," Siewart said.

"It’s very disappointing and I think it demonstrated that there are some people that still don’t understand the depth of harm caused by the practices that led to the Stolen Generations and they don’t understand the harm distress and grief it is continuing to cause, but also there are still so many Aboriginal children being taken from their family."

Aside from tabling the petition, Siewert also moved a motion that highlights the disproportionate amount of Aboriginal children taken from their families.

The motion notes that Aboriginal children make up less than 5% of the general population, but 35% of children in out-of-home care nationally, and more than 50% in Western Australia.

Children in out-of-home care experience poor outcomes on a range of indicators, and calls on the Government to address the unacceptably high rates of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.

Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.

Contact Allan Clarke at arielle.benedek+AC@buzzfeed.com.

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