'So many mistruths': Sunrise cops heat over adoption segment
Sunrise has sparked intense backlash after a commentator suggested Indigenous children should be taken from their families "just like the first Stolen Generation".
The comments were made on Tuesday morning as part of the breakast show's 'Hot Topics' segment. Samantha Armytage kicked off the discussion by bringing viewers up to speed on assistant minister for children David Gillespie calling for non-Indigenous families to adopt at-risk Aboriginal children.
A Minister has suggested that white families be allowed to adopt abused aboriginal children to save them from rape, assault and neglect.— Sunrise (@sunriseon7) March 12, 2018
Does he make a good point? pic.twitter.com/zkUNfDUi4s
The comments have been slammed as false and misleading by prominent members of the Indigenous community.
South Sea Islander and Darumbal journalist Amy McQuire said the two minute segment was "packed [with] so many mistruths".
"The idea that Aboriginal children are not being placed in white families is a lie," she wrote. "The greater lie is that Aboriginal children are not being taken away and are being kept in dangerous situations for fear of a 'stolen generation'.
"That does not gel with the statistics: Aboriginal children are being taken away at exponential rates and these rates have grown every year since Kevin Rudd gave his apology to the Stolen Generations and promised it would never happen again."
Black Comedy's Nakkiah Lui, meanwhile, has accused Sunrise of "bottom-feeding off people's pain".
"If you're talking about the removal of Aboriginal children from their families, communities and culture, maybe speak to Aboriginal children, families and adults that have been affected," she wrote. "Not white people who have zero knowledge."
Yo @sunriseon7 if youre talking about the removal of Aboriginal children from their families, communities & culture, maybe speak to Aboriginal children, families and adults that have been affected. Not White people who have zero knowledge. You are bottom feeding off peoples pain.— Nakkiah Lui (@nakkiahlui) March 13, 2018
A Seven spokesperson defended the segment, saying: "Editorial opinions, either written or articulated are a vital part of journalism.
"At all times on Sunrise, respect for others and their values and opinions is a foundation principle in debates.
"The issue raised by the page one article in today's newspapers around the country warranted a discussion in a fair and reasonable forum, as undertaken by social commentators Prue MacSween and Ben Davis."
The Sunrise segment comes just weeks after Seven News Melbourne aired an "exclusive" interview with convicted racist and United Patriots leader Blair Cottrell that painted him as a concerned citizen.