In recent years, the number of First Nations children removed from their families has risen rapidly. In 2017, more than 17,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were living in out-of-home care, compared with about 9,000 a decade ago.
Labor knows that closing the gap on Indigenous disadvantage depends on acknowledging the continuing trauma of the Stolen Generations, supporting the survivors and their families, and ensuring that there is not another generation of First Nations children growing up away from community and culture.
To respond to these unacceptably high rates of out-of-home care, a Shorten Labor Government will convene a national summit on First Nations Children in our first 100 days.
The summit will bring governments, experts and First Nations community leaders together to determine the different factors that lead to child removal. The summit will work with communities on solutions to reduce the rates of out-of-home care, and build a better future for First Nations children.