A 40 year old white foster mum was charged with murder almost three years after the death of a 20 month old Aboriginal boy in Dubbo earlier this year.
In January this year a 40 year old woman whose name is still protected by the courts was charged with murder almost three years after the death of a 20 month old Aboriginal boy. The news was reported on at the time but it came and went without any national outcry, heated discussion panels or outraged politicians. Two months later and we are seeing a huge amount of sustained political and media pressure after a disgusting case of child sexual abuse in Tennant Creek even though the local Indigenous community is just as outraged and reports even suggesting that government systems failed the child.
So here is our follow up call for a renewed focus on exposing the truth about some of the injustices that have occurred under the so called protection of white families. We apologise if you’re offended by that last sentence (we do know there are decent and respectful white families) but this is the type of language used in national headlines across Australia this week. We are simply putting the shoe back on the other foot.
The death of the 20 month old Aboriginal boy even prompted a review into the Uniting Church foster care accreditation which involves Government funding of no less than $33 Million dollars for the care of 350 children across NSW.
Below is our original article (Published on 9th January/2018).
Australia’s child protection system is once again in the spotlight after recent news reports revealed that a 20 month old baby Aboriginal boy died in suspicious circumstances in the rurual town of Neilrex (South of Coonabarabran) in March 2015. Investigative journalists from the Daily Telegraph are believed to have been putting pressure on investigators after it was revealed the baby had a broken femur and injuries to his face at the time of death.
It was also revealed that the 40 y.o foster mother had held a ‘gathering’ at her house on the night of the death. The foster mum was also heard saying, “they are going to think I bashed him” during the triple 0 called made by the accused foster carer.
The biological mother of the baby is believed to have been in a traumatic relationship before reaching out for temporary supportive care. The baby boy had only been in care for two months before passing away. His mother claims to have been left in the dark over the case without any answers. The mother was even denied access to her baby for 3 weeks after the death of the baby boy.