UK govern­ment ac­cused of know­ingly send­ing chil­dren to ‘crook’ in­sti­tu­tions in Aus­tralia

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Can­berra: The UK Govern­ment con­tin­ued to send child mi­grants to Aus­tralian in­sti­tu­tions de­spite know­ing they were be­ing mis­treated, ac­cord­ing to al­le­ga­tions in a sub­mis­sion lodged to the UK in­quiry into in­sti­tu­tional child sex­ual abuse. David Hill, who in 1959, aged 12, was sent to Fair­bridge Farm School in New South Wales, said “the Bri­tish govern­ment knew that th­ese in­sti­tu­tions were crook and un­fit for chil­dren”.

Mr Hill said as a re­sult of a 1956 Bri­tish par­lia­men­tary fact-find­ing mis­sion to Aus­tralia, a list was drawn up of homes that were deemed un­fit to re­ceive more mi­grant chil­dren. The list of “Cat­e­gory A” homes en­com­passed in­sti­tu­tions in all six states and in­cluded the Fair­bridge Farm School at Mo­long. A UK Home Of­fice memo stated that the 10 in­sti­tu­tions “would need a com­plete meta­mor­pho­sis” to get them into a state where they would be deemed to pass muster. Mr Hill said the list was never acted upon for rea­sons of po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency, a sit­u­a­tion he said meant hun­dreds more chil­dren were placed in in­sti­tu­tions where it is now ac­cepted there was fre­quent phys­i­cal, emo­tional and sex­ual abuse. ABC

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