Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Indigenous Mothers Running Scared: Elder

Australia ...An elder of the Mutitjulu community in central Australia says many Aboriginal mothers are taking their children into the sandhills because of fears the government will take them away.

Federal police and members of the defence force are expected to be deployed to the community as early as next week as part of the Federal Government's response to Indigenous child sex abuse.

The elder, Vince Forrester, says the changes are unnecessary and are causing widespread fear in central Australia.

"When you're bringing armed forces into the communities obviously people's minds are going to start playing tricks on them," he said.

"You don't bring an army into the community, this is just intimidation of the Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory."

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