Topic 5: Writing the Report (Zeitgeist Genres 4)

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Bringing them Home. Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. April 1997.

The heartbreaking “Bringing them home” report introduction powerfully states the case to be answered by the Australian government in emotive but not overstated language. Rather than overstating the need for the inquiry the introduction include direct submissions from individuals in order to demonstrate the true, and very personal impact of the actions taken. The seriousness of the findings means that the words must be factual, but because of the enormity and scale of the injustices and cruelty that occurred simply invoking the humanity and vulnerability of the victims is enough to make this an incredibly powerful text.

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