Former Prime Minster Gordon Brown has accused the government of wilfully sending children to Australia during a period that spanned 40 years, in the knowledge that they were at high risk of abuse. Evidence is now emerging that many of these children were also abused in the UK before leaving to go abroad. Brown says the government’s involvement in this national disgrace is tantamount to criminal negligence.
Children in England were sent to Australia during the 1920s-1960s, with a view to ‘cleaning up’ the country. Many of these children had been separated from their parents.
A debate in the House of Commons in 2015 where Lord Blackheath admits the government’s involvement in facilitating child abuse during that period and enabling the cover up that followed, led to Researching Reform writing about the contents of the debate. In the debate, Lord Blackheath confirms that he personally arranged for children to be sent…
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