Aboriginal health leaders Olga Havnen , James Ward and Pat Turner who have experience or specialisation in child protection, who have evidence based opinions, who agree child safety is paramount & priority & who understand the complexities of child protection
‘What we need is intelligent, informed discussion and looking for solutions rather than the confected outrage and anger’ – Olga Havnen, Dilba Health Service CEO, @sunriseon7 this morning.
Well said, Olga.
#sun7 #ausmedia #auspol #childprotection
Watch the full Sunrise interview here : We have the solutions
Sunrise has conducted an eight-minute mea culpa after last week’s controversial discussion about Aboriginal adoption.
Tuesday morning’s episode saw co-host David Koch lead a discussion about the “complex and very emotional issue” of childhood protection in Indigenous communities.
“We know the conversation around Aboriginal children and their removal sparked concern and protests last week,” Kochie said. “So we’re responding to calls by the Aboriginal community to look at the issue with the experts.”
One of those experts included Dilba Health Service chief executive Olga Havnen, who corrected Sam Armytage’s statement last week that non-Indigenous families are unable to adopt Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
“There’s absolutely no prohibition or restriction on the ability of non-Aboriginal people to care for children,” she said. “Either as foster carers or in permanent adoption.”As the panel wrapped up, Kochie suggested the experts and Sunrise work together to inform Australians about how the childhood protection system could be improved.
“[Let’s] get some of those changes through,” he said. “It is a real issue affecting the Indigenous community right across the country.”
Ms Havnen then gave Sunrise one last gentle whack on the head.
“What we need is intelligent, informed discussion and looking for solutions rather than the confected outrage and anger,” she said.
Last week, Samantha Armytage took to social media to claim media coverage of the controversial panel was “hysterical”. However, on Tuesday she struck a much more cheerful note.
“Informative, productive chat,” she tweeted. “Thanks to our panel today. We look forward to having you on the show often.”
Sunrise sparked protests last week after one of its panellists suggested there should be a second stolen generation.
The breakfast show was also forced to pull down the controversial segment from social media after using footage without permission.